Date: 15th July 2009 at 7:26am
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Owen Coyle is understood to have made an improved offer for Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay.

The Daily Mirror today suggests we have put in a bid of £2 million for the player.

However on the Official Wednesday site, it is clear that the bid has been rejected and once more the Owls have made some hostile comments about our interest in the player.

The stern statement on the Owls Official Site reads:

“Sheffield Wednesday can confirm that Burnley Football Club have made a formal and what can only be described as derisory offer for striker Marcus Tudgay.

We would like to stress that this offer is most unwelcome and this move is regarded as an underhand tactic to unsettle our player.

Sheffield Wednesday attaches great value to Marcus Tudgay as a player and appreciates the contribution he has made to the club over the past three years. The squad development plan at SWFC is based on building a team around players like Marcus and we believe the dynamic that we are creating is a very positive one for the club and our players.

Marcus showed his commitment to the club recently by verbally agreeing to a new long-term contract……”

..and then it continues to waffle on. Yeah, I think we get the picture but the bottom line is that the player wants to have talks with the Clarets and why wouldn’t he now that we are a Premier League club and he could be playing in the best League in Europe? Surely it’s not about unsettling a player it’s about giving him an opportunity to further his ambition and play in the top flight. This doesn’t look either like the Andy Gray situation which was clearly more money-orientated and in any case Charlton at the time were still in the Championship. I doubt the Clarets would be able to give Tudgay much more then he is earning now and certainly not more than £15k/week.

Wednesday have also been having a pop at Tudgay’s agent. Owls chairman, Lee Strafford, said:

“It’s disappointing that an agent would act in such a cavalier manner when he is supposed to be protecting the interests of the player and also the right of the club to protect its assets. Sheffield Wednesday will not be taken advantage of in this situation..blah blah”

I think the sour grapes are probably due to the fact that Tudgay hasn’t signed a contract with the Owls after giving Wednesday we understand, verbal reassurance that he would sign up for three more years before going on holiday back in May. Who can blame him when he has a chance to play against Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal on a regular basis rather than Barnsley, Doncaster, Peterborough and Plymouth?

Come on give him a chance and stop pussyfooting about with daft statements on your website. How much are you willing to let him go for? £2.5, £3, £3.5, £4m? I am sure Coyle wont pay a daft price for him but if Tudgay doesn’t come to Turf Moor because you have ridiculously priced him out of the market you are simply just going to have one demotivated, cheesed off Owls player on your books and will lose out anyway!