Monday, July 02, 2007

U-21 Standout signs for Blackburn, Celtic pipped

Celtic have been beaten out to the signature of Maceo Rigters, the top scorer in June’s U-21 Championship. Blackburn Rovers have signed the talented striker from NAC Breda for an undisclosed fee.

The young Dutchman has signed a four-year deal at Ewood Park. Rigters had been linked with a host of British clubs, including Newcastle, Celtic, Rangers, Aston Villa and Norwich.

“The Dutch lad is someone that Mark Hughes likes. I know that he admires him a lot” - Blackburn chairman John Williams

Rigters agent was so close to linking up with Celtic that he was planning to fly into Glasgow today to tie up a move. Rigters himself was due to travel to Glasgow to finalize the deal with Celtic on Tuesday. It was virtually a done deal until Blackburn moved in with a late offer which bested all comers. Rigters had a 400,000 pound buyout clause in his contract which was activated by Blackburn, it’s thought that they paid significantly over that price though, probably in the range of 600k.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would anyone pay OVER the buyout clause? its not as if any challengers need to match the 600k, since any offer of 400k must be accepted by the current club

This seems a bit strange

7/16/2007 10:14 PM  

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