AUG 00] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Canary Bellamy To Turn Sky Blue
City have announced that they have accepted an £6 million offer
from striker Craig Bellamy – and the Sky Blues are reported to
be the club ready to sign him.
has been a lot of interest in the 21-year-old striker, and
Coventry City boss Gordon Strachan is thought to be keen to sign
him as a replacement to Robbie Keane.
the deal goes through in time it is quite likely that he will be
put straight in the team to play Middlesbrough on Saturday as
the Sky Blues are woefully short of strikers.
City confirmed today that they have accepted an offer for the
Wales international subject to personal terms being agreed.
had been offered improved terms by Norwich and a contract
manager Bryan Hamilton said an offer over £6 million had been
made for Bellamy. He added:
were very happy to turn the offer down, we want Craig to stay,
but Craig felt it was right to accept the offer and that he
should be allowed to speak to the other club.
we gave the club permission to speak to him."
Bob Cooper added:
happened without Bryan being party to it. He came to me and we
spoke to the player and after that I handled the negotiations.
No one wants Craig to go."
City chairman Bryan Richardson has told the Eastern Daily Press
that Bellamy was their target.
agreed a fee with the club and terms with the player and Craig
is on his way to Coventry for a medical.
is fantastic news for the club - especially considering the
calibre of opposition we were up against."
Newcastle and Wimbledon were thought to be chasing Bellamy.
has had tabs on him for some considerable time and after
speaking to several other people about the player to make
sure, they all said 'go and get him, he's tops'.
can safely say it is down to Gordon Strachan and his
commitment that Craig chose to come to Coventry.
is a manager who is only interested in talking about football
with the player and Craig has realised that this is someone
who will look after him as he did with Robbie Keane.
fully expect Craig to do as well as Robbie, if not