Coates makes Beattie warning
Stoke supremo Peter Coates has warned that James Beattie will not be allowed to leave on the cheap.
Last Updated: 21/05/10 12:01pm
Stoke supremo Peter Coates has warned that striker James Beattie will not be allowed to leave on the cheap.
The 32-year-old hot-shot was signed for an initial £2million from Sheffield United in January 2009 and scored seven goals in 16 games to help the Potters stay up in their first season in the top-flight.
But the big frontman then made just 13 starts last term, scoring two goals, and was at the centre of a reported dressing room bust-up with manager Tony Pulis last December.
Despite links to West Brom and Coventry, Stoke chairman Coates insists Beattie, who still has a year to run on his contract, will not be allowed to leave for free.
"There is absolutely no chance of that happening," Coates told The Sentinel.
"We value him as a player and, if he were to leave, we would expect a sizeable fee.
"Clubs are bound to be interested because he is a goalscorer and they are hard to find.
"Everyone is looking for them. It is the most difficult job in any football club to fill.
"The fact he is a year older makes no difference. He has never relied on his pace, but he has always had the ability to score. He has lots of football ahead of him.
"We will get approaches for James Beattie so we will see how things develop between now and the start of the season."