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Rumour Mill-Clarets in Pole Position for Riordan?

The Clarets, according to the Daily Record look set to sign Celtic's Derek Riordan beating off a challenge by Leeds United.

Burnley were linked to the player in the January window with Kyle Lafferty also being mentioned in a player-cash deal. Celtic are understood to have turned down a straight cash offer of 400,000 for the player by the Clarets.

Neither transfers came to fruition and Riordan stayed at Celtic where the out of favour Celtic striker became embroiled in a public slanging match with manager, Gordon Strachan ensuring the hell for the player continued.

Lafferty on the other hand, remained with the Clarets but recently did his cause no good at all by criticising both club and gaffer, Owen Coyle indicating he would relish a move away from Turf Moor. Wolves are currently the favourite to sign him with both Rangers & Celtic still believed to be interested in also signing the Northern Ireland International.

Leeds gaffer, Gary McAllister is understood to be preparing a 500,000 move for Riordan.

It is believed that Riordan is now Leeds top target.

McAllister tried to bring the player to Elland Road in a loan deal during the January transfer window but now appears ready to offer Celtic a cash deal worth three times more than the Glasgow club paid for the player two years ago when he signed from Hibernian.

Celtic's valuaton of the player though was in the region of 800k-$1m last January although they might now be tempted to release him for less in view of the increasing tensions at the club.

There is however another problem for Leeds that could scupper their plans. The club failed to win promotion via the play-offs and are doomed to another season, at least in League 1.

The Clarets connection to the player has not been reported recently in the media and many Clarets fans thought the club had lost interest in Riordan being put off by Celtic's valuation of the player and the suggestion they wanted Lafferty as part of any deal.

However Owen Coyle,could now offer Riordan the opportunity to play for a Championship side which according to the Daily Record puts the Clarets in pole position to sign him ahead of League 1 side,Leeds.

However the complication might still be Kyle Lafferty. The player looks certain to leave Turf Moor but will this be to Celtic as part of any deal for Riordan?

Could the resolution of the Lafferty situation dictate whether the Clarets bid for Riordan or not? Indeed are we still in fact interested or is this just speculation based on our old interests in signing the player?

Riordan, given the chance certainly can appear to be an effective striker. The 25-year old Scottish International was prolific for Hibernian scoring 65 goals in three seasons at Easter Road. However in his hell at Parkhead he has made only 13 starts since he signed for Celtic in a 200,000 deal in June 2006.

After his widely publicised outburst against the club and manager, not surprisingly he didn`t even figure in the squad for the last two months of the season.

Surely someone can save this guy's career and will it be the Clarets who provide the manna from Heaven?






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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 3 2008

Time: 9:22AM

Your Comments

Thought we had lost interest in this player. Just think we have been mentioned again because of our old links
turfmanphil
There is an interesting question developing here assuming we sell Lafferty. Which would you prefer in a player/cash deal? Wolves-Laffs for Elliott plus cash Rangers-Laffs for Alan Gow/David Weir plus cash Celtic-Laffs for Riordan plus cash
turfmanphil
lafferty is a bag of w4nk! why we would want to give burnely a player of similar value in riordan AND a few million on top i'm at a loss to explain, but there have been reports of mind altering drugs doing the rounds in the parkhead area.
leedsbhoy
Dont care if hes quote w4nk! or not anymore as long as we can bleed some sucker dry like the rest do to us! Come on Celtic make my day, take him off our hands and give us Riordan, a player who's career is/was nearly wrecked by an uncaring regime it appears at Parkhead!
turfmanphil
im a celtic fan and i can say that riordan is a great player and should be in the celtic first team .B ut strachan just wont give him the chance...who ever gets him will have got a bargain if they only pay 500k as he is worth 10 times that.
donaldo1979
turfman. riordan doesn't have the mentality(talented but dodgy temperament) to dig in and and make the grade at celtic that's why his career has stalled, not because the management are "uncaring", whatever that infers. but i'm sure he'd do well for you.
leedsbhoy
Conifrmed today that Clarets interested still in Riordan in LT: "He is definitely of interest," confirmed operational director Brendan Flood
turfmanphil
What Imeant was they seem to be letting the player rot on the side, when they clearly would be better cutting their losses and getting shut of him without asking for a ridiculous fee of 1million
turfmanphil
@turfman, as oppossed to asking for 4-5m for a confirmed donkey in lafferty?? riordan even at 1m is a bit of a bargain. so put a bit of pressure on your board to loosen the purse strings and we can all sit back and toast a good deal for all.
leedsbhoy
Donkey's dont play for Northern Ireland and that was the 4m price we put on him even before he said he wanted to leave! Lafferty has played on and off all season,Riordan has rotted on the bench at best! I bet Riordan goes for less than 1 million
turfmanphil
@turfman. i fail to see the significance of a donkey being walked regularly while an arab charger is rested. point is, riordan , for me, is a better more complete player than lafferty and fully justifies a price tag of at least 1m. you seem to have a problem with this price tag yet try in vain to justify the 4-5m valuation of a player you yourself don't seem to rate. btw, donkey's DO play for northern ireland, and often.
leedsbhoy
 

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