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Town Turned Down Blades Waghorn Bid
Friday, 20th Jul 2018 11:20

TWTD understands Town turned down a Sheffield United offer for striker Martyn Waghorn earlier in the summer.

While news of the Blades’ interest broke only yesterday, the bid the Blues rebuffed came a number of weeks ago and we understand was approaching the £5 million mark mentioned in those reports.

Last night, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder said he wouldn’t be pursuing his interest in Waghorn, 28, as the Blues have set his value at £8-£10 million.

Reports from Sheffield this morning, however, claim the Blades are continuing to talk to Town with the Blues said to have initially priced last season’s 16-goal top scorer at £7.5 million, presumably at the time the South Yorkshiremen made their failed bid.

TWTD previously reported that Derby County, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City are also all interested in the ex-Rangers, Leicester, Sunderland and Wigan man, while Nottingham Forest have also been linked.

Speaking yesterday, manager Hurst, coincidentally born in Sheffield but brought up an Owls fan, said he had told Waghorn he wants him to stay at Town, while owner Marcus Evans is also believed to want to keep hold of the £200,000 bargain signing from Rangers.

Waghorn, who swiftly became a hugely popular figure at Portman Road following that August 2017 switch, and his family are understood to be happy in Suffolk having quickly settled after the move.

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itfcjoe added 11:21 - Jul 20
£5m is a derisory offer

runningout added 11:28 - Jul 20
won’t be last bid before or during season. He’s a gem right now

Taricco_Fan added 11:31 - Jul 20
Given the silly money being spent in the Championship, £8-10m is fair.

BlueBlood90 added 11:33 - Jul 20
£5m is a farcical offer for a player who was 6th top for goals/assists in the league last season. We should be offering him a new deal ASAP.

Bluebell added 11:34 - Jul 20
I really don't want him to go as we don't have anyone to fill that place and to get a striker as good as him will cost a lot.

But if he has to go then we need to hold out for the highest bid possible. We should be asking £10m and negotiate from there.

essextractorboy93 added 11:36 - Jul 20
5 million is a joke of an offer! Double it at least. Not surprised to see the likes of Middlesbrough and Derby linked but Birmingham? I thought they were having issues with a transfer embargo?

StringerBell added 11:36 - Jul 20
£5m? Double it and we'll think about it......

christiand added 11:39 - Jul 20
Spot on Bluebell!! We seem to be the only club in English football that under sells their players and avoids getting the best deal for the club. If Celina is worth a reported £4m, £10m for Waghorn should be the opening bid!!

algarvefan added 11:40 - Jul 20
I know it's fashionable to moan about McCarthy on here but that was a good bit of business buying him so cheaply from Rangers.

TimmyH added 11:40 - Jul 20

blueblood_soldier added 11:41 - Jul 20
With McGoldrick now also gone you will be losing a striker that can play as playmaker like mcgoldrick did, can play further wide when needed, and can play up top superbly... he can be involved in a plan a or plan b and therefore is irreplaceable at this moment in time.. KEEP HIM MARCUS!

jimmyjames added 11:42 - Jul 20
You cant put a price on a player who has the potential to net 20+ for us - with the wingers we now have this could be an explosive year for Waggy, and for the club. He gets service, he'll score.

Cant sell a player of this caliber if we want to dream of Prem. With that in context even £10m is no good.

We simply have to build our team, not lose the foundation players.

Jimmy86 added 11:42 - Jul 20
Queue Waggy signing a new long term contract... Slightly cynical, but Waggy loves it at town, similar to Bart

Woodbridgian added 11:46 - Jul 20
Lets not get to carried away on waghorns Value. I agree he was without doubt our best outfield player last season and without Bart in the team he would of been player of the year by miles. However he's had one good season, he couldn't get in a poor Rangers team and didn't shine at Leicester Sunderland and on numerous previous loans. Personally I like him to stay and agree we should be offering him better terms to do so, but to turndown £8 million for a player we paid £200K for a year ago who may or may not perform the same this season. Well that would be a very big call!!

ITFCFan added 11:49 - Jul 20
Getting very boring now!!! This post is the same as the last 5 about Waggy but worded different!!! Next

Essexnblue added 11:51 - Jul 20
Guys, lets be honest here how many of you see a house that's valued at 500k and go and offer 550k for it straightaway?
The comments on here when we signed him about being a journeyman were way off the mark.
One thing is for sure MM may have left this club in a mess but his eye for a player needs applause as Webster and Waghorn could potentially earn the club 10 million+ in profit.
Don't forget Mings either.
I think that he will go as Hurst is gradually drip feeding it out that he may go etc...…..
If we get 7/8 million my worry is who comes in as the sale of Murphy at the last minute cost us our season last time.

MooseJuice added 11:56 - Jul 20
ME turned down an offer once for McGoldrick, and got his fingers burned as we all now look back at that as bad business. I fell that one will be lingering in his mind still, especially as this situation is similar, and that is a concern. I think Waghorn has all the good aspects of McGoldrick, without the injury concerns and a better on-field attitude though, so I do think it would be a mistake to take the money this time round.

marco007 added 11:56 - Jul 20
yes you cannot sell your best defender and your best striker to Championship rivals AND expect to be competitive!

whosroundisitanyway added 12:31 - Jul 20
Please just let us know if he goes.
No more of this speculation thanks.

BlueJohn added 12:53 - Jul 20
I really want Waghorn to stay as He adds a lot to the team BUT we have to be realistic in today's transfer market. If a big off £7m+ comes in I think we will sell him. Remember the £7m+ offer we had for McGoldrick which we turned down. He was never the same for Town and in the end he went on a "free". The key thing for me is who gets the money. If Hust gets it all to reinvest in new players, then fine. If MM pockets it then I for one will not be happy.

OwainG1992 added 13:56 - Jul 20
Offer him a 3/4 year extension now. He's up there with Bart in importance. Also add a couple CB's and a spare striker whilst your at it? Easy as you like!!


midastouch added 15:07 - Jul 20
And Celina looks like heading to the Swans for 4 Million (seems a very good price for a player of that age in the current market)...

ChrisR added 15:21 - Jul 20
We can not compete without him , lightweight injury prone squad with new players from lower leagues will just not do it . We need some proven class if D W does go .

dirtydingusmagee added 15:31 - Jul 20
we need to keep Waghorn,Garner, different kettle of fish. Hopefully this statement means we are getting real re selling players.No longer the Pound Shop.

rfretwell added 15:49 - Jul 20
It really hurts that a club only promoted into the Championship a season ago is now bidding £5 million for players. Will we ever be in a position to bid that much in future?

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