Date: 1st August 2008 at 9:43am
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Bolton have reportedly turned down a £1.5 million bid from West Brom for centre back Abdoulaye Meite. Baggies manager, Tony Mowbray offered more than this for Madjid Bougherra, an Algerian defender with no Premier League experience who has now joined Rangers.

Press reports are as sensationalist as ever, there has been neither anger or mirth from Bolton on the proposed move, but if West Brom are serious, they need to up the offer and do it quickly. There is a case for not selling Meite at all. Apart from him, only Gary Cahill and Andy O`Brien are recognised top flight centre halves. Gretar Steinsson can play in the middle but prefers to be at right back and Jaroslaw Fojut is not only inexperienced, but recovering from a double hernia.

Meite is still only 27, has two years experience in the Premier League and is an established international player. Is getting closer to Bolton`s £3 million valuation really such an outrageous idea? Over to you Mr Mowbray.


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