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Friday, January 11, 2008
Preston offer for Twellman rejected

Frank Dell'Apa, Special to ESPNsoccernet

MLS has turned down Preston North End's transfer bid of more than $2 million for New England striker Taylor Twellman. Both Preston North End chairman Derek Shaw and Revolution director of soccer Mike Burns Friday confirmed to that negotiations have ended.

But Twellman hopes to parlay the offer into a new contract which would raise his earning above the current $395,000 annual salary.

"Something's got to give," Twellman said. "They made me sign a contract for the minimum salary [in '02] and I've jumped through every hoop with a smile on my face. They said I hadn't scored for the national team, and now I've scored six goals, then they said I never received an international offer of any magnitude, and now I have that offer. Now, they can either re-sign me and make a long-term commitment to me, or they can make money off my sale and I'll be gone. They can't withhold me from making three times as much money as I make here.

"My salary would have tripled what it is now. There has to be an adjustment and the fair thing to do would be either to sell me or adjust my pay accordingly."

Twellman, named the league's most valuable player in 2005, has scored an MLS-high 101 goals in playoff and regular-season matches since joining the Revolution in 2002.

"We upped our initial offer for Taylor Twellman to a guaranteed $2 million, with more based on incentives," Shaw said on Preston North End's website. "However, we have had word back that the MLS are not looking to do business and not willing to accept our offer. The deal now looks dead in the water and we are looking to other targets."

Twellman said the deal would have been worth nearly $3 million with incentives, equivalent to the transfer money paid by Manchester United for goalkeeper Tim Howard in 2003, the third largest transfer fee in MLS history, behind Clint Dempsey's move to Fulham ($4 million) and Stern John's move to Nottingham Forest ($3.5 million).

"The offer presented [by Preston] has not been accepted and as far as we're concerned it has concluded," Burns said. "I won't comment on possible on-going discussions."

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