Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Linfield dismiss Verona’s £10k offer for Munster

Linfield dismiss Verona’s £10k offer for Munster

Linfield have rejected a ‘ridiculous’ deadline day offer from an Italian club for striker Paul Munster.

Hellas Verona, who play in Italy’s third tier, are understood to have tabled a surprise £10,000 bid for goal-getter Munster, but he won’t be going anywhere until the end of the season.

The offer was swiftly turned down by the Windsor Park club — even though they already know that the player will leave in the summer for nothing.

Verona play in the third tier of Italian football and with the transfer window closing last night they and Munster will now have to wait for another six months before they are able to clinch a deal — although he could sign a pre-contract in the meantime.

“We were approached completely out of the blue by an agent who said Paul was wanted by an Italian club,” revealed Jeffrey.

“They put an offer in to us that wasn’t just derisory, it was pathetically ridiculous.

“We don’t want to stand in the way of any player, but we have got to think of the club first.

“Paul has made it known that he sees his future away from Linfield and as his long-term girlfriend lives in Sweden I can understand that, but he is 18 months into a two-year contract.”

Jeffrey has faced deadline day sniping for his players in the past, mainly when Queens Park Rangers were trying to sign Peter Thompson five years ago.

“For some bizzare reason this happens to us all the time at the end of transfer windows,” said Jeffrey.

Munster has been something of a globetrotter throughout his career. He previously played his football in Canada, Sweden and the Czech Republic before signing for Linfield in August 2008.

Almost half of Munster’s 102 appearances for Linfield have come as a substitute, but he has still managed to score 33 goals for the Blues.

What a mad story. This rejection is:

Good: - If one of our strikers gets hurt, we'll need him as back-up.
- He scores goals in big games
- Winning the league is worth a lot more to us than 10k

Bad: - He's away at the end of the season anyway
- He's hardly getting a look-in
- We've denied the lad a big chance

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