Date: 29th July 2008 at 4:55pm
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The Eagles has landed at Turf Moor after weeks of speculation that the Manchester United winger, could soon be a Claret.

A Press Conference at the club today at 4pm confirmed that 22 year old, Chris Eagles signed a contract with the Clarets for three years for an undisclosed fee.

Owen Coyle was delighted with his new signing and gave some background about the deal thanking Sir Alex Ferguson in particular for facilitating the move.

“It’s a substantial sum of money, with adds-ons included, but I think it is fair to say that we have finally landed one of our major targets, stressed Coyle

“I have watched Chris for years and he has always impressed me. He is just a really gifted footballer, so I asked the question a few times and the answer was no all the time!

“I just kept going back and in the end that has paid off because we have undoubtedly signed a quality player, as he showed recently with Manchester United in South Africa.

“He is still only 22 and I am sure he has a big future ahead of him.

“I have to say that Sir Alex Ferguson has been absolutely fantastic. He has helped us to facilitate the move and I would like to go on record to thank him and Manchester United Football Club for the way they have helped us to seal the deal.”

“We sat down with Chris and his representative and I think it is fair to say they were impressed with what we are trying to do,” continued Coyle

“I am not saying we will achieve it overnight but we have set our stall out to try to bring younger footballers to the club and develop the team to build it year on year.”

The 22-year-old Eagles was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire and is generally an attacking right-sided winger but he can also play on the left wing.

Eagles came through the youth system at Watford. He then left to join the Manchester United academy at the tender age of 14!

He made his first team debut for the Red Devils in October 2003 coming on as a substitute at Leeds in the League Cup.

He returned to Watford on loan in January 2005.

Sheffield Wednesday then also signed the player on loan for the first half of the 2005-06 season.

Eagles returned to Vicarage Road yet again on loan in January 2006, before agreeing to a spell with Dutch side NEC Nijmegen in August 2006.

Returning to Old Trafford, Chris Eagles has since struggled to break into the first team sixteen at Manchester United but when he was taken on the recent Red Devils tour of South Africa and Nigeria, scoring against Kaizer Chiefs and Portsmouth, a lot of Clarets fans began to fear that the potential signing had slipped away and could still be in Ferguson’s plans for 2008-9! How wrong they were!

Welcome aboard, Chris what a quality signing!