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O'Neill Knocks Blues Back

Birmingham City have made an official approach for Gary Cahill, and Martin O'Neill told them where to put it.

Blues interest in our player is well known, we've even had Ridgewell in the press encouraging him to move and although O'Neill isn't in a hurry to sell him, if he does it won't be for a substandard price.

Well it will be substandard because:

a - we shouldn't sell him anyway
b - his valuation should be at least the same as Curtis Davies

But then again, with Gary Cahill unless we keep him I won't be happy either way.

Speaking to the press, O'Neill said:

'A number of teams have not only enquired about Gary, but a number of clubs have put offers in - none of which have been acceptable to us or have been accepted by us.

'Birmingham City, I can confirm, have made an offer but I have not accepted any of the offers because they do not meet the valuation.

'I am not in a hurry to sell Gary but he doesn't want his career to remain stagnant and I can't guarantee him playing in our side immediately. But things can change.

'Gary's situation is straightforward.

'Having spent the last three months out on loan at Sheffield United and having played well and regularly, he doesn't want to lose that now and I can understand his predicament and his difficulty.

'Maybe he would like to go out on loan somewhere to the end of the season. Now that is something I will give some consideration to but it is not my utmost thought at the moment.

'If he doesn't want to leave permanently and feels there is a chance here that's fine. I am not going to shove anyone out of the door.

'But getting some sort of loan fee for someone at the end of the day is of no phenomenal benefit. That is exactly what I said to Alex and everybody else who has enquired about him.'




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 22 2008

Time: 5:08PM

Your Comments

I'd say from that he is in MON's plans and could easily force his way into the team if we get an injury. He was on the bench against Liverpool I believe. Lets hope he sticks around. More worrying is reports Juve are offering us cash to take Mellberg now. Apparently they're having injury problems.
Adam Deuce
The sty dwellers can't afford him, shame
tarzan
He was on the bench at Anfield and as such figures in MONs plans, they had Ridge to help keep them in the Premiership who else would they like? I wonder what the offer was? After Sullivans tantrum over the Pigs in mudgate Incident its a wonder the club are actually talking to bloose on any level.
col8
The last place that Gary needs to end up is St Andrews. What sort of future career will he have?
glensider
Birmingham City have made an official approach for Gary Cahill, and Martin O'Neill told them where to put it. brilliant a manager who is not afraid top speak his mind i love guys like this no sneaking around behind your back staright to your face well done o'neill
ozanne park rangers
Could not believe that McCleish can talk about one of our players under contract. It's odd but Grant did the same with Anelka before he was transferred, I'm confused as to what constitutes tapping up
tarzan
Excellent point tarzan. One rule for one it seems. As you so rightly ask, "What exactly constitutes a tapping-up"?
glensider
 

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