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Birmingham near 5M Faddy

James McFadden's transfer fee is like Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill's managerial reputation - they both continue to increase thanks to media hype rather than real-world performance.

The Everton striker will apparently move to St Andrews in time for Birmingham's clash with Chelsea on Saturday, but he won't come cheap. It has been reported in the press that Birmingham will have to pay 5million, with another 500,000 in add-ons, to sign the 24-year-old Scotland international.

That would be a lot of cash - especially when added to potential 2.5million cost of Hibs left-back David Murphy - though it would go a long way to suggesting boss Alex McLeish is being supported in the transfer market.

Speaking about both players, McLeish told the Birmingham Mail: "McFadden is one of these - it's a Glasgow word we use -'gallas,' a person who is unfazed by challenges put in front of him, who fancies his chances, has the bottle and mentality.

"And the thing about James McFadden is that he definitely has the technique as well. But I'm talking about a player I don't even have here and I hope we can really pull out the stops to get him. Murphy is more of a dynamic full-back. He will get forward, it's in his armoury. That's something I like in full-backs."

While Birmingham may benefit from signing James McFadden (players do not always settle), Everton certainly will - and their fans do not seem too concerned about the player's imminent departure from Goodison Park.

One letter in today's Liverpool Echo begins "I think most Evertonians would not be too disappointed to see James McFadden leave and we will wish him well if he does go" and that seems to sum up the current feeling on Merseyside - though some fans would take less than 5million while others would prefer to wait until the summer.

Whatever the cost, having both Murphy and McFadden available for the weekend's clash would be a welcome boost - a 7.5million welcome boost...!




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Writer: Jasper's Parrot Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 16 2008

Time: 1:53PM

Your Comments

LOL good headline, unfortunately thats the way it is. Is andrew johnson an 8 million player? is darren bent a 16 million player?
toffeetower
also you need to understand that part of the deal to sign him from motherwell included a percentage of the sell on fee, which is why the price is slightly inflated. I'll be a little sad to see him go, I remember seeing him in his motherwell days and thinking 'thats what we need at Everton, young effervescence' unfortunately people have grown impatient with him, and a reasonable fee would quell the disappointment of seeing him leave.
toffeetower
martin o'neills reputation due to media hype. talk about bitter
groseyboy
I'd like to see him being given a chance to play slightly behind the front line and use his power to boss the area. Then again, if he does sign for 5million I'd guess he'll be given a chance to play wherever he does best!
Jasper's Parrot
You guys make me laugh. Have little pops at Villa when we are so superior to you. Your in a worse state than when Bruce left. Your level with the relegation zone, were level with 4th place which is champs league. Reality check in order for you is it? You could seriously go down. Your club is a joke, joke board, joke players, joke fans etc. How did the 89th min Gabby goal feel? You didn't even fill your stadium for the local derby- how bad is that? Before you go having a pop at us or our manager just take a look at the league table. Up the Villa. Your going down.
randy.stand
Your lack of an apostrophe may give a foretaste of what you will soon be whining about - you "were level with 4th place"!
The Blues Brother
I wont be whining at anything. We have a great chance of getting into europe, you have a great chance of getting into the championship.
randy.stand
 

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