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Clearly 'moving on' is not an option!?

Clearly 'moving on' is not an option!?

Sorry to bring up this topic again but it would 'seem' that, for some reason, we - well I say we, as in PFC, but I mean we as in Steve Cotterill - refuse to admit defeat in the 'pursuit', which is rapidly becoming stalking, of a player...

I am not sure how much clearer Burnley can make it that Martin Paterson 'is not for sale' but the message just does not sink in does it!

Having seen countless bids rejected, the last of which was a day or so back, 'word on the street' this morning came through, telling me, 'Pompey to be in for Pat AGAIN.'

This is also now being reported in various media outlets...

The one 'plus' of this is that it is said that this really will be one 'final improved bid' above the previously rejected offers, the last of which was £2.5m.

As said yesterday I think we have wasted enough time and effort 'stalking' the Burnley man, if he wanted to leave would he not - as happens in the modern game - have expressed a desire to do so, and would Burnley not have given more indication that they would let him go?

Of course everyone has a 'price' but...

Like I have previously said, he has a track record at this level but his injury record, and lack of goals, in recent years troubles me when spending so much money - still money I am not convinced we should.

Burnley will 'probably' reject this 'final offer' again, so more time would have been wasted and we will be none the closer to 'landing' the striker that we desperately need!

To be honest, despite the advantages mentioned countless times, I am becoming less convinced - for the money that 'might' eventually be paid - he is the answer anyway now...


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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Friday August 5 2011
    Time: 10:17AM


    How much does SC have in the kitty then??? £2.5m plus could have snapped up a decent striker earlier in the transfer window Mackial-Smith 27 goals for Peterbough went to Brighton for £2.5m
    05/08/2011 10:26:00
    SC sounds more and more like a person who likes to get his own way, whatever the cost. The new regime seems more lax than the recent-past owners.
    05/08/2011 10:27:00
    I'm hoping that SC is not thinking of spending £2,500,000 on one player, particularly an injury-prone championship one. Time for plan B, Steve.
    05/08/2011 10:36:00
    Paterson is a quality player and if we had got him he wouldve been a great addition - we do need 3-4 players and replacements for any that may leave so need to look around a bit more. LuaLua has been bandied around the forums and is a free agent - 1 year contract anyone? What happened with Howard at Reading...? Or Van Arnholt from Chelsea on loan? I'm sure things are happening but we do have to pull back from Paterson now I think too - and specially if £2.5m is our entire budget.
    05/08/2011 11:36:00
    It begs the question over Paterson, "has SC got a good scouting network working for him"? For £2.5m there are much better players to be had. On Teletext today there is a list of over 200 players who are free agents. And top players at that. Come on Steve look for some good youngsters or some wiley old foxes who can make an impact. Even Blackpool got Kevin Philips.
    05/08/2011 12:34:00
    Ok, this is getting embarassing. If we do end up getting Paterson and he bombs then that would put SC in a terrible position. Any player coming to the club now will take 5-6 games to bed in. By that time we could be 9 points behind those who spent their money early on.
    05/08/2011 12:48:00
    The man's a****!!!
    05/08/2011 17:20:00
    I suppose if Patt was that bad, or dodgy fitness wise, Burnley would not be so keen to keep him, Howe is a good manager. However, i remain un convinced, depite seeing on TV in the prem and being impressed. That is because he is not prolific, if he is not prolific, he is not a marksman, and that is what we need, Kits is not prolific, kanu can't be anymore, so need a dead eyed dick. who then.. Someone with a tried and testeed aim..i wold have snapped CMS all day long, but he is now playing at its gotta be Matty Tubbs, Adam Le fondre, or even Billy Sharp, but he is not for sale either.
    plymouth graham
    05/08/2011 17:33:00
    Oh for goodness sake doesn't Cotterill get it!? Burnley don't want him to leave and won't let him! Its time we move on and try and sign a decent striker who can score goals for us this season. Cause at the moment, we are probably good enough to defend goals but we need someone to score them!!
    05/08/2011 18:17:00
    SC's transfer skills and connections appear to be minimal and sometimes odd!? Is he the correct manager PFC and it's loyal fans sould give the responsibility of re-building the squad? Jury's out I say
    05/08/2011 19:48:00
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