Megson rejects Meite bid

17 July 2008 03:02
Bolton Wanderers have reportedly rejected an offer of more than £1million from Premier League new boys West Brom for Abdoulaye Meite. The Ivory Coast international is expected to leave the Reebok Stadium this summer, but Trotters boss Gary Megson is not prepared to let him go for a cut-price fee. Hull City also had an offer for the defender, who refused to play in the second half of Wanderers' game at Manchester United in April, rejected earlier in the summer. Meanwhile, Bolton target James Harper looks set to stay at Reading. The Royals midfielder has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs, but boss Steve Coppell expects the 27-year-old to remain at the Madejski Stadium. "James is on the transfer list," he said. "If someone meets our valuation then I'll put it to him. But he's quite happy to stay here and play. "He's spent a number of years at the club and, in a way, is excited about trying to get back in the Premier League. "He just loves his football. He just wants to play week-in, week-out. In the Premier League I don't think there are enough games for him. He'd like twice as many games. "He just says, 'If I'm going I'll go, and if I'm staying I'll stay and you know you'll get 100 per cent'. That's perfect with me."

Source: ESA