Stoke City will not sell James Beattie to Blackburn Rovers for anything less than £2M.
James Beattie – 32 year-old is way past his best
Blackburn’s manager Sam Allardyce is said to be keen on the experienced striker, although we’re not sure why, since James seems way past his best.
Beattie has not looked a good player for the last year and could never get a starting position at Stoke City.
Beattie has started just 25 games for Stoke following his £3.5M transfer from Sheffield United last season, and we have to think another Championship club should try to get James, because he’s showed he can score goals in the English second division.
Tony Pulis rates the 32-year-old at around £2m, and the news still going around is that Pulis could use that money to tempt Newcastle United for their star 21 year-old striker Andy Carroll.
But even a £7M bid for Andy will be flatly turned down by the Tyneside club, because two players manager Chris Hughton will not let go this summer are two of our local lads – Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor.
So we think the Stoke manager will be wasting his time.