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Coyle defends Tudgay bid

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Owen Coyle insists Burnley have played it by the book in their bid to sign striker Marcus Tudgay from Sheffield Wednesday.

The Barclays Premier League newcomers posted an unsuccessful £1.5million bid, plus add-ons, for Tudgay but Wednesday chairman Lee Strafford accused them of "underhand and disrespectful" tactics.

Coyle, however, believes the attack is unjustified and said: "We made an offer of £1.5 million, plus add-ons, for Marcus Tudgay. That was inviting - it was rejected. At no time have we looked to unsettle the player. We made what we thought was a fair offer for a player who has only a year to go on his contract."

He added: "It was turned down - Sheffield Wednesday felt fit to do that. I have no problem with that. If they want to say anything to besmirch the good name of Burnley that is entirely up to them.

"I am not going to get caught up in anything negative about their club. They are a fantastic club, steeped in history and tradition.

"I am not going to get caught up in tit for tat. We know how we work. I have never had a problem with anyone else."

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