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Moves for Rovers' Lucas Neill Begin

Moves for Rovers' Lucas Neill Begin is reporting that the opening bids for Blackburn Rovers defender and current captain Lucas Neill have been made.

The Australian International is hotly tipped to make his exit from Ewood Park during this transfer window as the club look to regain, if not make a profit in the £1 million paid to Millwall in 2001. Should we turn down offers now as we all know he will walk away for free in the summer.

With the transfer window now nearing the end of its third day since re-opening Neill's agent Peter Harrison has claimed bids have been put forward to Rovers. He told

"We know there have been bids put in for him.

"There is a lot of interest from England and abroad."

It is believed that Liverpool and Newcastle United are again interested (whether or not these are teams to have made offers I don't know?) with AC Milan and Barcelona also reported to still be keen to sign him, with a renewed bid from Tottenham Hotspur also a possibility…

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Date:Wednesday January 3 2007
Time: 10:46PM


Well it's a case of let bidding commence I guess... But is Peter Harrison just saying this or have bids really been placed?!?! We'll find out soon enough!!!
Hughes Da Man
03/01/2007 22:50:00
Plus, it's reported, Curbishley interested in taking to the "Hammered" plus Moyes at Everton and Psycho at City... it should help in the bidding war! But there again should we believe anything that comes out of Harrison's gob!
Ex Ewood Resident
04/01/2007 08:39:00
Should there be a number of clubs after Neill then this will only be good for Blackburn in the trems of a price, although Spurs and Newcastle, no offense but thats hardly a step forward for the player
04/01/2007 08:40:00
Sell him now for two reasons:- 1. cash now or zero in 16 weeks time? no contest. 2. Use the rest of this season to establish a replacement in the team, ready for a better start this August than last year, or start next season with a new defender having to learn an understanding with Brad and his other defenders. Remember the weeks at the begining of this season when Ooijer strugled to understand the way our defence played.
04/01/2007 10:06:00
Spurs, Newcastle, "Hammered" or Everton are hardly the ground shaking moves "forward" he is after are they; Liverpool to a degree will be but can anyone honestly hand on heart see this as being a long term thing. Maybe I should rephrase that will he play regular football over the next 2-3 years like he would here? This isn't sour grapes. Fair point about Harrison Ex Ewood Resident, wouldn't disagree :)
Hughes Da Man
04/01/2007 11:03:00
VERY good point r.waterfall, its better to establish a player in the side between now and the next pre-season rather than try to fit someone in with the view to an instant fix, which rarely happens (your point on Ooijer is very true) then hopefully it'll be third time lucky and we'll start as well as finish the season well. Who would you like to see replace Neill at left-back then r.waterfall???
Hughes Da Man
04/01/2007 11:06:00
The only clubs in the Premier league in terms of league placings and not names are the top 4 Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, given that 3 of the 4 dont seem to be interested in Neill that leaves a move abroad, that is if its footballing reasons for his move and not some big pay deal
04/01/2007 11:20:00
Sell him now, we need to be thinking about the long term future of the club and we want players playing for us that actually want to be here. The fact that we have that Ukranian lad on trial shows that hughes is starting to accept what we all suspected.
04/01/2007 13:14:00
He should go, lately he has been getting to many yellows (even for him), he keeps giving or getting close to giving pens away. I think he is replaceable, Warnock is younger and from what I remember not a bad player in his own right. Brett has done very well at right-back and deserves his place there, he links up well with Bentley. Our problem area for years has been the left-back position - this is where Hughesy needs to find a player
04/01/2007 13:29:00
It's time for him to move on. In the forum Ex Ewood Resident said about signing a utility midfielder; this prompted me to say this in relation to Stephen Warnock: Your thoughts on a utility midfielder have just made Warnock all the more appealing to me, I know he can pay left-back and left midfield/wing but I'm sure that if we tried we could use him in the middle also, bulk him up a bit get him working with Sav, the maestro and the Axe and god knows what we could do with him! Do a deal with Liverpool today Sparky; just make Warnock part of it!
Hughes Da Man
04/01/2007 13:40:00
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