Wolves enter talks to sign Stoke’s James Beattie

Chris Wright

19th, January 2010


By Chris Wright


Could this be the ‘bust up’ in question?

Wolverhampton Wanderers have entered into negotiations with Stoke City after having a £3 million bid accepted for striker James Beattie. The former England man has not been enjoying life at The Britannia recently after struggling to recapture the form he showed when he joined the club from Sheffield United last January.

His dip in form and an alleged training ground bust-up with Potters manager Tony Pulis have seen Beattie fall behind Ricardo Fuller, Tuncay Sanli and Mamady Sidibe in the pecking order at Stoke so Wolves are hoping that an offer of regular first-team football will entice the 31 year old forward into moving to Molineux.

Mick McCarthy is keen to add a proven top flight goalscorer to his ranks in January as Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Chris Iwelumo have both struggled to make the step up to the Premier League so far, plus the fact that Andy Keogh and summer acquisition Stefan Maierhofer are currently sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Posted in Stoke City, Transfers & Rumours, Wolves

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  1. JohnjoWolf says:

    Sorry Chris but you are yet another writer of speculative journalism!
    Both Wolves and Stoke have denied any such contact or even a bid being made, so the headline is just tripe!
    Wolves may be in the market for a striker but Beattie is almost certainly not the striker they are after. Why? – one reason is he has scored just twice this season, not exactly the goalscorer any team would go out and sign at this stage of the season PLUS Wolves already have a misfiring striker in Ebanks-Blake who has only scored once this season, so adding Beattie to the mix would be total folly – and a waste of money as well!
    Still you journalists must have a story or 2 to please your editors otherwise you would all be out of a job. Keep up the good work though and perhaps more research before going into print would be advisable?

  2. Chringle says:

    @JohnjoWolf: The story was actually written before contact was denied. I still wouldn’t be suprised if Beattie was a Wolves player before the end of January. Most statements issued by clubs are, in fact, about as meaningless as gossip articles like this one.

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