Coleman: Boa will cost you
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fulham boss Chris Coleman admits it would take a big offer for him to sell Luis Boa Morte.
Fulham boss Chris Coleman admits it would take a big offer for him to be tempted to sell Luis Boa Morte.
Reports have linked the Fulham captain with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with speculation claiming a £5 million bid is in the offing.
Coleman scoffed at suggestions that figure would buy the Portugal international, who has been a mainstay of the Cottagers side in recent seasons.
Though the West London club are loath to lose the 29-year-old, Coleman concedes he would have to keep the board informed of any bids.
But, for the time being, the Fulham manager has fielded no interest in the attacker and is keen for it to stay that way.
"The message to Spurs or anybody else interested in our captain is if they're seriously interested they have to make a serious offer," said Coleman.
"A serious offer for Luis Boa Morte isn't £5 million. We haven't had an offer that's anywhere near what his price is.
"If they are interested in him they'll have to pay. Bear in mind Gary McSheffrey went from Coventry to Birmingham for £4 million. He's a good player in The Championship, but has no Premiership experience.
"Compare him with Boa Morte - a lad who has played over 250 games in The Premiership over the last five years and a Portuguese international.
"The price would have to be big to lose a player of Boa's class.
"If someone offered a staggering amount of money for Boa, then I'd have to ask the chairman how much can I have back to invest in other players.
"From a football side I wouldn't want to sell him at any price, but I have to tell the chairman what has been offered.
"We could maybe invest in two or three new players with the money, but it would have to be a lot of money to sell Boa."