ALTHOUGH Sunderland have watched Airdrie striker Drew Busby recently, Manager Bob Stokoe today denied reports that the club had made a £60,000 offer for him. “We have made no offer for Busby or any other player,” said Mr Stokoe, “on this occasion, the public have been misinformed.”
Sunderland, who netted £25,000 yesterday when midfield man Brian Chambers signed for Arsenal, are definitely on the look-out for new players however.
Mr Stokoe is keen to strengthen his first team pool for the big promotion push next season and, of course, the European Cup-winners’ Cup will make extra demands on the club’s playing resources.
Drew Busby seems certain to move somewhere during the summer. His club have just been relegated and faced with the prospects of gates of less than 1,000 in the Scottish Second Division next season, they will have to sell to survive.
Scottish First Division club, Hearts, have already offered £30,000 for the 25-year-old centre forward, but Airdrie are unlikely to part with their most valuable asset so cheaply.
Sunderland have a long-standing interest in Busby and if they decide to move for him, they could face competition from other English clubs including Blackpool.
The Airdrie directors are meeting later today to discuss Busby’s future and in view of their financial problems it seems likely that he will be officially put up for sale.
Busby, himself, is apparently keen to try his luck in England. He scored 24 senior goals in season 1970-71 when he formed a lethal twin spearhead with Drew Jarvie who also hit 24 goals that term.
But since Jarvie moved to Aberdeen for £60,000 Busby’s form has suffered and in the last two seasons, his goal tally has been 13 and 17 respectively.
However to put these figures in perspective, it must be remembered that he has been playing in a struggling side and that, like all the Airdrie players, he is a part-timer.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on May 11, 1973.