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Brum Reject 3m Madjid Tag

Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce has played down talk of the Championship promotion hopefuls making a bid of 3m for highly-rated Wednesday centre-back Madjid Bougherra.

Owls chairman Dave Allen yesterday revealed he was in discussions with the St Andrew's club regarding the availability of Bougherra, slapping a 3m price tag on his services.

But Bruce has revealed that although he does have an interest in the player, he won't be paying the 3m price-tag on the Algerian international.

He told the Yorkshire Post: 'We have made an enquiry, but I can categorically deny that we will ever pay 3m for the player,' Bruce told the Yorkshire Post. I phoned Brian and we had a conversation about a number of players. It was about 10 days ago.

'What we talked about will remain confidential, but I have expressed an interest in Madjid Bougherra and I have asked to be kept up to date on the situation.'

The news could mean the 24-year-old, who has attracted the interest of a number of Premiership clubs, could well remain at Hillsborough at least until the end of the season as the end of the January transfer window draws to a close.

Wednesday have already turned down an approach of 1.3m for Bougherra from Charlton Athletic while Everton and Reading have also been linked with his services - but the Owls seem unlikely to budge unless the 3m price has been met.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 23 2007

Time: 9:11AM

Your Comments

Well you aint getting him any cheaper big nose!
newman87
From what I've read, he has a clause in his contract that allows him to speak to any club who offer 1.3m... if Wednesday block him moving time and time again, do you think you'll get the best out of him with him being unhappy? You'll not get 3m for him. No way.
Affers
if there's a clause in his contract that means he can talk to club that offer 1.3m then wednesday cannot physically block it, therefore I think it's very unlikely that this clause exists
wednesday4europe
That clause means nothing. We will get 3m or he ain't going, simple!
spirtySWFC
 

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