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Siegrist Bid Turned Down - Report
Sunday, 20th Jun 2021 22:58

Dundee United are reported to have turned down Town’s opening bid for keeper Benjamin Siegrist.

Town were first mentioned in connection with the Swiss-born keeper in May with Celtic having been linked in January.

Siegrist was then claimed to be waiting to see whether the Glasgow giants would firm up their interest before making a decision on his future.

Last week, the Daily Record reported that the Blues were weighing-up a £350,000 offer for the 29-year-old and now the same source claims the Terrors have turned down Town’s initial six-figure offer.

It's anticipated the Blues will come back with another bid, while it's said a Celtic move is unlikely to happen.

Earlier today, The Sun on Sunday reported that Town have upped their offer to £350,000 with Wigan also keen.

Siegrist, who has a year left on his contract at Tannadice, joined the Aston Villa youth set-up when 16 having previously been with hometown club FC Therwil and FC Basel.

While a Villa player he spent time on loan at Burton Albion, Cambridge United, Solihull Moors and Wycombe Wanderers.

Having been unable to break into the first team at Villa Park, the 6ft 5in tall keeper, who has been capped by Switzerland at U17, U18, U19 and U21 levels, moved on to Vaduz in Liechtenstein in the summer of 2016 for a fee of £210,000.

After two years in which he won the Liechtenstein Football Cup twice, Siegrist departed for Dundee United, with whom he won the Scottish Championship in 2019/20, where former Blues keeper Neil Alexander is the goalkeeping coach and where he is contracted for another year.

Town are on the lookout for two keepers this summer with Dai Cornell having left the club and Tomas Holy among those who have been told they can move on.

Yesterday, the Blues were linked with Charlton’s Ben Amos, while Town are also keen on Craig MacGillivray, who recently left Portsmouth, and have been eyeing a potential loan move for Liverpool youngster Caoimhín Kelleher.

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ringwoodblue added 23:18 - Jun 20
Need to up the offer and get him signed. We desperately need a Bart 2.0

WeWereZombies added 05:44 - Jun 21
At the moment Siegrist is out of our league...

mojo added 05:48 - Jun 21
Feels like he would be a good signing ability wise but his heart seemed to be settled on a move to Celtic and I am not sure we should sign a players who doesn't really want to be here.

pennblue added 06:57 - Jun 21
mojo you can understand his position, he is 29 now, and if he signs a 3 year contract with someone, that is one of his last big gigs. It is a big decision. But I think at his age, it is a great time to join 'the project', as you would like to think in 6 years time, we would be in the Premier League, so it would be a great journey for him.

runningout added 07:18 - Jun 21
One more bid then we move on. He’s good but there are similar keepers around

itfcserbia added 07:28 - Jun 21
Hmm, join Celtic and compete for a double/treble and Champions league or join Ipswich in League one. Yeah I really don't understand this guy, f him, right?

mojo added 07:53 - Jun 21
Penn - yes not blaming him or holding it against him. I am sure I would do the same in his position with no loyalty or love to itfc, a more local move etc. As you say it will come down to how well we sell the project and this is where Mark Ashton steps in. Not easy bringing the right calibre of player to a league 1 team

ArnieM added 08:05 - Jun 21
I take it no other clubs are in for him ?

martin587 added 08:26 - Jun 21
There are other keepers in the frame.As another poster stated we are apparently the only club chasing him.We have to be patient and not panic.

Edmundo added 08:29 - Jun 21
I'm confident we have more irons in the fire than the media are aware of. It's all going to be okay.

Monkey_Blue added 11:53 - Jun 21
Part of the problem when it’s trumpeted about your club being cash rich is that the fees go up when it’s your club interested. Evans found this out with Jim and Keane.

blues1 added 13:10 - Jun 21
Martin587. How are we the only club in for him? Even apart from a possible Celtic move, hes also linked to wigan.

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