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Swansea: Finance Could Scupper Scotland Switch
Swansea: Finance Could Scupper Scotland Switch
Friday, 11th Feb 2011 08:50

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers says Jason Scotland’s wages may scupper his club’s loan move for their former striker. Yesterday, Blues manager Paul Jewell said the financial package the Swans had offered Town for the 31-year-old was nowhere near what the club would accept.

Rodgers said: “It could be too rich for us in terms of finance. As you can imagine, he left here on a Premier League wage [at Wigan] and then he went to Ipswich on not too dissimilar from that, so we may have to go begging to Ipswich for a bit of support.

“I spoke to Paul Jewell, we had a conversation on Tuesday morning, and our chairman has spoken to them.

“There are not many players who can come in and help us in our situation unless you’ve got a lot of money.

“Jason is a player that hasn’t quite hit it off since he’s left here, but there is no doubt about it, he was one of the most sought-after strikers when he was here. I feel he can probably come in and help us in the last 16 games.”

Jewell hasn’t always enjoyed the smoothest of relationships with Swansea, a protracted move for their Dutch midfielder Ferrie Bodde breaking down during his time as Derby boss.

The new Town manager says he isn't actively looking to move Scotland on but that the player has said he’d like the switch in order to get games and therefore won’t stand in his way: “Jason’s the only one who has intimated to me that he’s not particularly happy, so if he’s not happy and he wants to leave and it’s right for us, then he can go.

“If Fernando Torres can leave Liverpool, Jason Scotland can leave Ipswich, but only if the money’s right.”

Jewell says he’d prefer to get a replacement in before Scotland leaves but that things don’t always go to plan: “That would be the ideal situation, but in football some things aren’t always ideal. But we have a few options as well, so let’s see how it runs.”

Aside from bringing in another player on loan, Town could recall Kevin Lisbie from Millwall at 24 hours’ notice, something which Jewell has previously said he has considered. In order for Pablo Couñago’s season-long loan at Crystal Palace to be curtailed early the two clubs and the player would all have to agree to end the arrangement.

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jas0999 added 09:05 - Feb 11
We are not a charity! Currently, Scotland is one of only two senior / experienced strikers at the club (Murray and Wickham still being youngsters). We can not afford to pay for him to play for Swansea, whilst paying for a replacement as well!

bedsitfc added 09:11 - Feb 11
We hold his contract so hold onto him, untill everything suits itfc.

Paul_Jewell_Manager added 09:12 - Feb 11
“If Fernando Torres can leave Liverpool, Jason Scotland can leave Ipswich, but only if the money’s right.”

A clear indicator of how valuable Scotland is to Ipswich Town Football Club. Unbelievable how you whingers go on about his weight problem. Fair point, he is fat, but hes not obesely overweight! He can run well with the ball and could do a VERY good job for us as a reserve striker to come on in the last 15 minutes of a game (it doesn't matter how fit he is if hes on for 15 minutes). A genuine goal threat to any team and can wallop a ball from a distance.
Hes hardly been at the club 5 minutes and gets criticised. Have any of you thought that he might have a genuine health issue or be genetically disposed to grow big?

Bergholtblue added 09:13 - Feb 11
How much is he on?! (Enough to keep him well stocked up on pies, obviously) We can pay Scotland wages approaching Premiership stanadrd but can't afford to offer Austin his asking price. Something wrong somewhere.

hampstead_blue added 09:20 - Feb 11
It's both interesting and cheap that Rodgers is talking down Scotland at Ipswich. This is nothing short of a public undermining of our player. He's bang out of order.

If Swansea can't afford him, or don't want to stump-up the cash, then he should keep his gob shut!

Have you heard PJ undermining players on his shortlist? Neither have I.

clive_baker added 09:27 - Feb 11
Let him go for free. Dont get me wrong we could do with him but if he goes to Swansea and helps ruin Norwich's season it will be worth it alone.

clive_baker added 09:28 - Feb 11
Imagine if he scored to knock the scum out of the playoffs! That would be priceless!

Paul_Jewell_Manager added 09:31 - Feb 11
He is one of our best paid players Bergholtblue,but not certain of his monthly wage.
Swansea will only be able to afford him if we fund them heavily. I am not sure why they think we will do that.
Scotland is our top striker and should be treated like it by the club. He should be an automatic choice up front for the last 15 minutes of a match,potential match winner with his long range drives.
Psychologically, does not want to be with us,could prove an issue.

pitseablue added 09:35 - Feb 11
Not sure Scotland has been given a fair chance here. Lone striker under Keane, which is a tuff call for any player let alone someone not match fit! Still think he could do a job for us and would prefer him to Lisbie or Pablo.

guentchev added 09:41 - Feb 11
Scotland sounds like he really wants to go....not a good sign for us. Remember when Bullard wanted to leave Hull? It was arranged....eventually....

He hasn't really had much of a chance at our club and I would love to see him stay and fight for his place. I know his weight has been mentioned a lot but I feel thats not really an issue, the guy has obvious talent and 2 years ago was one of the most wanted strikers at our level. He has already got 7 goals and people are writing him off. We don't have a predator like him at the club and I feel he needs to stay.

Surco72 added 09:57 - Feb 11
Bergholt ..Scotland is a proven scorer at this level ,Austin has come from non league a few seasons ago had a good year and could be a flop in the championship that is why the wages are different

AJblue added 10:01 - Feb 11
Seems to me most are missing the point.

Yes he is probably our most natural finisher
Yes he is slightly "large"
Yes he has not been given a run....

But PJ says in the report that the player himself is the only player to say he is not happy at our club, if he doesn't want to be here, how is he ever going to give 100%...a thing that ALL managers seem to desire.

AJblue added 10:06 - Feb 11
.....Also seems to me that if Swansea can't afford Scotland...Well dont buy him then!

Seems to work for me, I like the look of a nice new Porsche, can't quite afford it, I but an Escort!!

Swansea, either put up or shut up...simple.

AJblue added 10:09 - Feb 11
*Ford Escort that is...just in case my wife reads these posts!!

whippet added 10:15 - Feb 11
Sorry, but too fat and passed it.
The last time he saw 90210 was on a scale.

whippet added 10:16 - Feb 11
apologies for that statement,but its the truth

Worcester added 10:17 - Feb 11
I think it is him wanting to go. Damned if we do damned if we don't. I'd like to see Ronan Start a league game then shuffle the pack and bring scottie on inthe last 20 mins (not 15). Perhaps when a game has become a dour stalemate we can start up a few goal mouth scrambles and he can nudge one in. If he stays and scores another 7 goals he will be worth it

bluetoba added 10:18 - Feb 11
Cap in hand-no class-shut gob.

PJewellisaGod added 10:23 - Feb 11
Though I rate him as a player, I think its time for him to move on. I can understand completely why Paul Jewell would not want a player who doesn't want to be here,- it causes unrest in the dressing room and leaves other players with a bad taste in their mouths.
Exhorbatant demands by Swansea though,- if they get real and offer to pay a decent part of his wages then he should be on his way.
He has piled on the pounds but I don't think this has affected his performances on the pitch.
Best of luck Jason,- if you don't want to be here then "Bye Bye". Afterall, would we want an employee around all the time that is desperate to leave?

village_blue added 10:25 - Feb 11
If he's not happy here and wants to leave then let him. I only want players that are 100% committed to the club to be pulling on the shirt. An un happy player is not worth keeping. Simples.

PJewellisaGod added 10:26 - Feb 11
Personally, I don't think a recall of Kevin Lisbie as a replacement would be greeted with great enthusiasm by fans (as stated above)
Maybe Paul Jewell could look at bringing someone else in on a temporary measure?

TractorRoyNo1 added 10:27 - Feb 11
sssshhhh, please don't remind PJ that we are stilly paying half of Pablo's wages, he just might want to get the lazy XXXX back again.

PJewellisaGod added 10:28 - Feb 11
God, my posts suck today. Don't know where my mind is, they don't make any sense!

whippet added 10:30 - Feb 11
it shows that there are large problems at ITFC if we bring back Lisbie or Pablo!!!

brettanderson added 10:34 - Feb 11

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