Southampton to offer £3m for Jutkiewicz
By Covsupport News Service/RD
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2011
City striker in demand
Coventry City's Southampton born striker Lukas Jutkiewicz is attracting attention from his home town club who are thought to be preparing to make an offer in the region of £3m for the 22 year old.
Jutkiewicz began his career at Southampton's Academy alongside other players such as Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale and Saints manager Ian Adkins would like to get Jutkiewicz on loan before the loan transfer period ends on Thursday and then sign him permanently when the January transfer window opens.
Southampton are the current leaders of the Championship with an eight point lead over Middlesbrough, who are also trying to sign City's leading scorer.
Coventry City cannot afford to lose anymore players from their tiny squad and they seemingly have trouble in attracting new players, so any more departures will be seen by fans as further evidence that the board and owners care little for the club.
Coventry chairman Ken Dulieu turned down a 'substantial offer from Middlesbrough for Jutkiewicz in the summer, but a £3m offer may prove to be too tempting for Sisu and Dulieu to resist especially as Jutkiewicz only cost City around £300,000 when he joined from Everton in July 2010.
Jutkiewicz scored his sixth goal of the season for Coventry in the 4-2 home defeat to Southampton earlier in the month which went some to to prove how far the 22 year old has progressed under Thorn since his move to the Sky Blues. He is now valued at £2-£3m
With Southampton joining Middlesbrough in the chase to sign Jutkiewicz, Dulieu, in one of his new roles as director of football, may be tempted to start a bidding war between the two sides in an attempt to raise the price.
Jutkiewicz would surely be tempted to join a promotion chasing side and a chance to play in the Premier League from a relegation threatened side and even more so as it is his home town side, but any sale of any more players would anger the City fans who are already furious with the board and owners Sisu for their lack of investment and ambition.
The Coventry faithful were furious enough when the board allowed Westwood, King and Gunnarsson to run down their contracts and leave on free transfer and further angered when no replacements were brought in.
Later another fans favourite Ben Turner was allowed to leave the club and he joined another former Sky Blue, Gunnarsson, at Cardiff.