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MLS blocks another offer for Twellman

T. TWELLMAN $3 million bid T. TWELLMAN $3 million bid
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Globe Staff / January 31, 2008

Major League Soccer has rejected another transfer offer from Preston North End for Revolution striker Taylor Twellman, this time for $3 million.

Twellman, who missed the opening of Revolution training camp yesterday while with the United States national team in Carson, Calif., had previously received a $2.5 million offer from Preston, which plays in England's second division. This time, the Lancashire club upped the figure to what would have been the fourth-highest transfer fee in MLS history and, with incentives, could have equaled the second-highest transfer fee ($3.5 million).

"I can confirm that at the end of last week we submitted an increased offer of a guaranteed $3 million to Major League Soccer for Taylor Twellman, plus a further sell-on clause," said Preston North End chairman Derek Shaw on the team's website. "We had an e-mail back turning the offer down, telling us that they did not want to do business, and that really looks to be it now.

"Unlike the situation over here, it would appear that the MLS do not want to negotiate, they just say yes or no, and I believe that the setup is that the selling club only get 40 percent, with the balance going to the MLS. It's disappointing because the lad is very keen to join us, but it would appear that the opportunity is not going to be there for him during this transfer window, [which closes tonight]."

Twellman, 27, is the Revolution's all-time leading scorer (101 MLS goals) and has scored more goals than any US-born player in any first-division league in the world since he joined the team in 2002. The MLS sold Kansas City's Eddie Johnson to Fulham FC last week. Johnson had a trigger clause in his contract requiring MLS to sell him if a club offered a $3.5 million transfer fee; Twellman does not have a similar clause in his four-year (two years guaranteed), $375,000 annual contract. When Twellman signed the contract last year, he would not have been eligible to play in England, but he has since earned enough national team appearances to qualify for a work permit and could play for the US against Mexico in Houston Wednesday.

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