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Siegrist Fee Close to Being Agreed - Report
Monday, 21st Jun 2021 09:55

Town are reportedly close to agreeing a fee with Dundee United for keeper Benjamin Siegrist.

The Blues have been linked with the Swiss-born keeper since May with a number of stories over the last 24 hours claiming an offer understood to be £350,000 had been made and then turned down.

Now Football Insider is reporting that the Blues’ bid is close to being agreed and that all parties expect the deal to go through despite Celtic having shown interest. Reports elsewhere have indicated the Glasgow giants, who have been linked since January, will not firm up their interest. Wigan were also mentioned as among the 29-year-old's suitors over the weekend.

It now appears increasingly likely that Siegrist will be one of the two keepers Town are set to sign this summer with Dai Cornell having already departed and Tomas Holy among those told at the end of the season that he can move on.

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.

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90z added 09:58 - Jun 21
I hope this one goes through! Looked solid last season for Dundee!

miltonsnephew added 10:06 - Jun 21
Good, get it done.

We need to make these signings now!!

Stop the messing about and get them over the line.

Cook needs a good pre season with all the squad in place!!

dirtydingusmagee added 10:08 - Jun 21
hope this dosnt stall, would be a good signing imo.I feel we have more pursuasive power now with new set up .Get it on .

Dog added 10:15 - Jun 21
90oz - he plays for Dundee United not Dundee.

drewcudders1963 added 10:25 - Jun 21
Looking good, now just sign a striker to support Norwood a couple of midfielders and a decent left back and we're talking !!

dyersdream added 10:38 - Jun 21
Drewcudders1963 we need centre half’s too !

MJR101 added 11:16 - Jun 21
6ft 5 keeper and a 6ft 4 striker? Has no one told the new owners of our 5ft 9 and under transfer policy?

GiroJim added 11:24 - Jun 21
Who needs to sign this one off before it goes through ? The local Dundee milk man ? The Harper signing has become a joke,so I wont believe anything until he is holding a Town scarf up or in a Town shirt.

bluesteal74 added 11:36 - Jun 21
Need to get this signing done a very good goal keeper s big upgrade on what we have right now.

Fatboy added 11:39 - Jun 21
"After two years in which he won the Liechtenstein Football Cup twice"

Liechtenstein has a population of less than 40,000 but it has enough teams for its own football cup competition?!

Linkboy13 added 11:44 - Jun 21
Wonder how long this one will go on ?

ArnieM added 11:44 - Jun 21
6ft 5ft !!! He’s a man mountain…. Crosses into the box HIS!

GiroJim added 11:59 - Jun 21
ArnieM : Holy is even taller I believe ?. And he doesnt catch crosses !!!! So lets see first ?!

Monkey_Blue added 12:00 - Jun 21
I have no issue with this signing but we are going to get rinsed for fees because every club knows we have a big transfer budget if not a big wages budget. No comment on if he wants to come
Here but suspect illegal as it is the club and agent were talking long before. Not sure keeper was a priority, two new strikers, given Norwood and Jackson are not good enough beyond this level and only average at this one.

Monkey_Blue added 12:05 - Jun 21
Only saw the odd live U23 stream the last couple of years and don’t recall if Harry Wright played in any of them, but some may know the answer to this question. Was he poor, average, potentially very good? I was not a fan of Cornell and Holy needs a really good keeper coach but has lots of potential to improve.

BeattiesBackPocket added 12:06 - Jun 21
Monkeyblue keeps one of the most important position it’s the spine of the team and holy hasn’t been good enough of you’ve watched him. For a big guy he doesn’t command his box and really not good at de ruin making or coming for crosses so one is needed.
Again assumption being made by you regarding it being illegal?? Where’s your proof?? Can you not find anything positive to say

BeattiesBackPocket added 12:08 - Jun 21
Girojim maybe take your own advice and see what he’s like first before moaning about it?? You talk about signings the harper signing etc etc anyone who knows about football knows most signings won’t take place or announced until July 1st earliest. Tell me any other club who’s made a load of signings in any league?? I’ll wait

Dog added 12:20 - Jun 21

New Signings for League 1

AFC Wimbledon - Zero
Accrington Stanley - 2
Bolton - 5
Burton - 5
Cambridge - 3
Charlton - 1
Cheltenham - 0
Crewe - 1
Doncaster - 2
Fleetwood - 5
Gillingham - 3
Ipswich - 2 (plus Needham Mkt lad)
Lincoln - 0
MK Dons - 2
Morecambe - 2
Oxford - 1
Plymouth - 3
Portsmouth - 1
Rotherham - 0
Sheff Wed - 0
Shrewsbury - 4
Sunderland - 0
Wigan - 5
Wycombe - 0

Source - EADT

So we are joint 9th in league on signings.

Saxonblue74 added 12:35 - Jun 21
Dog, Fleetwood TOWN, Wycombe WANDERERS....etc etc. Just saying, you started it!🤣

Dog added 12:39 - Jun 21
Saxon - i get your point although not as misleading as saying you like the Dundee goalie when we are actually in for Dundee United goalie. there are not 2 league teams in fleetwood and wycombe etc

blues1 added 13:14 - Jun 21
Giroud Jim. Why has the harper transfer become a joke? The west Brom CEO has left. So until hes replaces the deal cant be signed off by them. Simple really

davidsc1971 added 13:16 - Jun 21
Is the Liechtenstein Football Cup like the Boat Race here, where the same 2 sides always get through to the Final?

OwainG1992 added 13:42 - Jun 21
Don't get why people are crying about the Harper deal.
As previously stated so many times there is a change of manager and director of football currently.
Everything is being held up.

blueboy1981 added 13:59 - Jun 21
Same old Ipswich trait - much talk and speculation, but always have far more trouble getting deals done and over the line than most Clubs.
Some things never change - Do they ? or more to the point - Will they ?

BeattiesBackPocket added 14:08 - Jun 21
Dog and how many of those are looking at getting another 5 people in? Two of Bolton’s are who they had on loan last season again something people are moaning about on another thread. You’re predicting the future assuming we’ve lost this person or that when again most people who follow football know a lot of players cannot sign until July 1st why don’t you wait until mid July before panicking?? I’ve never known a club to come from a huge debt with a disinterested owner who let 20 players contracts run out and been doing it for 14 years to new owners ceo and manager who are clearly interested in getting us back where we belong an and people still predict the future moaning 🙄

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