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Town Close to Agreeing New Bart Deal as Hurst Confirms Waghorn Interest
Saturday, 14th Jul 2018 19:01

Blues boss Paul Hurst says Town are close to agreeing a new deal with keeper Bartosz Bialkowski, who has been targeted by Birmingham City, and says any interested clubs will have to spend a lot of money if they want striker Martyn Waghorn. TWTD previously revealed that Derby and Middlesbrough are among a number of sides eyeing the 28-year-old with Nottingham Forest also linked.

Birmingham are understood to have had offers of £2.75 million and more recently £3 million for Bialkowski.

Questioned on the reported bids, Hurst said: “I think there was interest there but we want him to stay and that’s been clear from the start, the message.

“I’m hopeful that he’ll end up staying and I think we’re getting closer to that occurring, hopefully that is the case.”

He confirmed that talks regarding new terms - which were initially said to have been agreed in January - are ongoing: “We’re trying to sort a new deal out.”

We understand the deal - believed to be a contract to 2021 with an option for a further season - is not yet done but is very close to being finalised.

Meanwhile, Hurst confirmed that the 31-year-old Polish international will be back with the club this week - when he could well put pen to paper on his contract - following his post-World Cup break but with Jonas Knudsen returning a week later.

Hurst says no bids have been received for Waghorn: “No, but there’s interest there. It’s only natural when you get a player who had the season that he had. The stats alone, irrespective of how he plays, would always generate interest. But I do think with the way he plays as well naturally it would be there.

“But again he’s another one I want at the football club. I’m not going to say right now he’s not going anywhere or won’t, but it will take a helluva a lot of money and I don’t know whether anyone’s prepared to do that.”

The Blues are believed to want in excess of £7 million for Waghorn, who was signed from Rangers for £200,000 last August.

Asked about fellow striker Joe Garner, who is also believed to have been the subject of interest this summer with Bolton having been linked, he added: “There’s probably interest in all the players, or a lot of them.

"But if they’ve been today, there might not be. Maybe a couple of those performances will help that interest go away.”

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Marcus added 19:12 - Jul 14

peteswindon added 19:29 - Jul 14
"But if they’ve been today, there might not be. Maybe a couple of those performances will help that interest go away.Love it liking this man more and more.

algarvefan added 19:33 - Jul 14
brilliant news.....make it happen Town, we love Bart!!!!

yocal_lad added 20:19 - Jul 14
Great about Bart, they should offer Waghorn a better contract now and send a message to clubs looking at him.

BryanPlug added 21:00 - Jul 14
Great news that they are trying to keep Bart. Also encouraging that they are putting a big fee on Waghorn’s head.

floridaboy added 22:12 - Jul 14
According to Andy Warren in the Star Bart is set to sign a new 3 year contract with the option of an extra year!


KiwiTractor added 22:43 - Jul 14
Finally the club have come out and said they want both to be here next season - now to stick to their guns....

Swn98 added 07:49 - Jul 15
7 million for Waghorn what a great bit of business by the previous administration.

cooper4england added 07:51 - Jul 15
Apparently the whole thing is over the size of the pay cut they wanted Bart to take if we got relegated to league 1.

ArnieM added 08:03 - Jul 15
Ah , so it WAS all about money then.Good old Bart . Still no PL Clubs in for him then , just a struggling lower Championship outfit. Footballers are all the same, say one thing, mean another.

blues1 added 08:37 - Jul 15
Swn98. Think youll find its the same administration as now, that signed him, that are putting this price on his head. Ur hero may have said he wanted him but wasnt him who paid for him or put this price on him. When are you gonna get over the fact that the dinosaur has gone and just get behind the new manager who thanks to mccarthy has a big job on his hands to turn things round

dirtydingusmagee added 09:55 - Jul 15
Swn98 ,give it a bloody rest, McCarthy has gone ,history, no longer at ITFC,Paul Hurst is manager and things are changing. If you cant get Mick out of your system , form a fan club for him and go away. You must be chomping at the bit to see town lose a game so you can start crowing about careful what you wish for, your fetish for being down marked is no longer funny. No doubt when we win games you will still credit Mick for it.

TimmyH added 11:09 - Jul 15
If Bart stays it's good news, but can we afford £20K a season?...if this happens I can see Waghorn going.

@dirty...him and Gcon as well.

Swn98 added 12:43 - Jul 15
Blues1 who got Waghorn here in first place?is my point.

Swn98 added 12:45 - Jul 15
Dirty as long as I can wind the likes of you up I shall continue contributing to the debate.

tractorboybig added 13:54 - Jul 15
Now I would suggest keeping waghorn for future ambition is far more important than bart,
Now if I was waghorn I would want the same money and so the carousel goes on?????

dirtydingusmagee added 16:17 - Jul 15
Swn98 , you don't contribute to anything.

Swn98 added 17:16 - Jul 15
They we are caught you again Dirts

dirtydingusmagee added 19:45 - Jul 15
the yellow and green suits you Swn . get back to your canary forum .

Swn98 added 19:47 - Jul 15
Very stupid comment Dirts

jimmyjames added 11:38 - Jul 16
All about building... Wag and Bart are integral to us moving upwards and forwards. Glad Hurst is taking a stance but lets make sure we keep the guy who prevents goals being scored and the guy who puts the ball in the net.

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