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The Lafferty Deal: The Latest

KYLE Lafferty is officially a Rangers player and all that remains now is to decide the future of Alan Gow and whether he becomes a Clarets player or not.Here is how it all unfolded.

Tuesday:

09:30: Burnley manager Owen Coyle agreed to sell young Northern Irish international striker Lafferty to Rangers, following weeks of rumours and bids from Celtic, Rangers and Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The deal included Alan Gow in exchange plus 3million, so as Lafferty travelled to Glasgow to undergo a medical, Gow came in the opposite direction to Turf Moor to discuss a possible deal.

13:15: Lafferty was shown arriving in Glasgow to undergo his medical and to discuss personal terms with senior staff.

Lafferty has since agreed terms on a contract and passed his medical with the Ibrox club, but due to Gow being included in the deal, he cannot officialy sign a contract until Gow has decided on his future.

15:30: Alan Gow arrives at Turf Moor for talks with Barry Kilby and Operational Director Brenden Flood, accompanied by his agent.

17:40: SkySports described the deal as being 'frozen' and made the deal sound in danger.

18:25: Burnley Chairman Barry Kilby has since confirmed on BBC Radio Lancashire, that he has held 'very positive' talks with Gow and expects a deal to be tied up later this evening or early Wednesday morning.

19:00: Setanta Sports broke the news that Kyle Lafferty had signed for Rangers and that the deal was done, but as of yet there has been no official announcement from Burnley F.C. or Rangers.

19:42: SkySports exclsuively reveals that Alan Gow has turned down Burnley in favour of staying with Rangers. Talks are ongoing.

20:26: Both Rangers and Burnley claim that talks are still ongoing between the Clarets and Alan Gow, and refuse to comment whether he has turned down a move to Turf Moor or not.

22:02: The Scottish Times publishes an article claiming that the Lafferty deal is well and truely wrapped up, saying that Alan Gow has agreed to join Burnley, therefore finalising the deal. The article displays Wednesday's date (18th June), so they could be expecting the deal to be wrapped up this evening.

22:26: Kyle Lafferty pleads with Alan Gow to sign for Burnley saying: "The deal is not completely concluded but I'm hoping it's only a matter of time before Alan's situation is sorted. I had a medical and everything at my end went according to plan.

"I'm looking forward to playing for Rangers and the first game I will hopefully be involved in is with Liverpool pre-season. I know it's only a friendly but it's a huge match for me."

Wednesday:

09:17: Alan Gow arrives back at Turf Moor for a second round of talks, as Barry Kilby reveals that talks are going well and are expected to be wrapped up and sealed by lunch time.

10:14: Barry Kilby claims that he will give manager Owen Coyle "most" of the 3million transfer budget following the sale of Lafferty which is "very close".

12:01: Lunch time has come and as of yet there is no official word from Burnley or Rangers regarding Alan Gow as rumours grow that Preston and Ipswich are ready to step in for the midfielder.

13:23: Alan Gow's agent speaks live on Radio Clyde in Glasgow and claims that the deal is almost completed and that there are just "one or two" points that need to be ironed out and that he expects the deal to be done very soon.

"We are still in talks at the moment and nothing has been agreed yet," said Phil McTaggart, Gow's agent.

"Hopefully something will be sorted sooner rather than later for everyone involved. If everything goes right, then Burnley is a great opportunity and Alan knows that.

"It's a good club, with a great manager who knows him inside out, and it could be ideal. But the personal terms have to be right."

18:02: Nearly five hours since any word has broken from Turf Moor regarding Alan Gow's contract talks so one can only assume that there has been a hitch along the way that needed sorting, but rather disappointingly news is starting to fade about the transfer now.

18:31: SkySports reveals that Gow's agent has said that talks are progressing well. Let's hope the deal can be wrapped up tonight, and get the saga burried and put to bed.

21:57: Oh No! Looks as though the talks could be heading into a THIRD day, as the Wednesday draws to a close. Come on Clarets get this deal wrapped up its getting beyond a joke!

23:20: Talks look set to be completed as Burnley and Alan Gow come very close to agreeing a deal after sorting out two potential problems. The deal should be definitely wrapped up on Thursday.

Thursday

07:30: Daily Record state that Gow will meet Ibrox chief executive Martin Bain today to find a solution. Speculation on Clarets websites is that there will be a shortfall in his contract in terms of salary. Burnley will be unable to pay his current wages and Gow and his agent will be expecting Rangers to pay the shortfall up front to cover the money he would have earned at Ibrox under his current two year contract.

20:42: Rangers' Official website publishes an article showing Lafferty in his Rangers shirt after penning a five year contract at Ibrox, and say that the deal is completed. BUT Alan Gow is not part of the deal. Gow will be allowed to move to Turf Moor on a free transfer though, this has just been done to speed up the transfer at their end.

Talks continue between Burnley and Gow.

21:48:The Official Burnley website announce that Burnley Football Club has set a deadline of Thursday, June 26 for Alan Gow to join the club. Should Gow, 25 fail to agree to the move by the deadline, an agreement has been reached with Rangers to pay Burnley an additional fee for Northern Ireland striker Lafferty, who tonight officially joined Rangers for 3.25m.

As soon as there is news from Turf Moor, you will get it first on burnley.vitalfootball.co.uk!




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Writer: M'R Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 17 2008

Time: 6:56PM

Your Comments

You are getting a good player in Alan Gow. It's a shame he never got given more of a chance at Ibrox.
Bud
I dont friggin believe it! Skysports.com understands that Burnley have failed to agree terms with Rangers midfielder Alan Gow. The former Falkirk man had been included as a makeweight in the Gers' 3million move for Clarets striker Kyle Lafferty. However, with Gow seemingly reluctant to swap life in the SPL for that in the Championship the whole deal has been thrown into doubt. Rangers have already confirmed that Lafferty has agreed personal terms at Ibrox, but he may not be able to complete a dream move to the Uefa Cup finalists unless a compromise is reached. Burnley remain keen to resurrect talks with the Gow, although it remains to be seen whether the playmaker has completely ruled out a switch to Turf Moor. The 25-year-old may still find himself in England this summer, even if the Clarets deal collapses, as the news has alerted Preston and Ipswich to his possible availability.
turfmanphil
I knew it would happen. Bet Lafferty is gutted, so atleast there is a positive out of this.
robbo-9-asfc
I bet we offered him twopence of a salary!!
turfmanphil
I said since I heard this... Gow would be the only downfall.
MartynRobboBFC
Article updated again. Newspaper claiming the deal is done.
MartynRobboBFC
Good stuff, Martyn and an excellent way of doing things!!
turfmanphil
Id rather have gow, this lafferty chap will not do the business up here. We are being mugged by the overhyped english market, ah well.
FlippinEck
We would rather have Gow too!
turfmanphil
updated again. lafferty told the national tabloids last tuesday night how he hoped gow could agree a move. kilby expects it to be wrapped up today after positive talks.
MartynRobboBFC
Heard on the grapevine that Gow is having his medical this morning, so I would assume terms have been agreed. Maybe Gow is just looking for some cash payment. His wages will probably be lower at BFC than Gers, so will be looking for compensation. Rangers have now said they will bung him some cash to make him happy. I now expect this to be over and done with later today. Our first signing of the season.
smitrit
Lets hope so, not sure if the page size allows for this article to continue into 2009!! ;-)
turfmanphil
Not agreed as of yet, close though so I believe.
MartynRobboBFC
Aye, but my grapevine is Welsh, so the translation might not be correct :-)
smitrit
Lunch time and still no news as rumours grows that Ipswich may have had contact with Alan Gow over night.
MartynRobboBFC
updated yet again... agent says deal is close.
MartynRobboBFC
"one or two" points that need to be ironed out? Wonder what they are, hope its not a question of salary! ;-)
turfmanphil
he sounded positive that it would be wrapped up today.
MartynRobboBFC
Let's hope so,I lost the will to live on the Laffs thing about two weeks ago!! lol. Martyn where did you hear that quote:Barry Kilby claims that he will give manager Owen Coyle "most" of the 3million transfer budget following the sale of Lafferty which is "very close".
turfmanphil
Was on Radio Clyde.
MartynRobboBFC
Interview now added.
MartynRobboBFC
This better now go into a third day! The page won't stretch that far. But have to say if it wasn't for this utterly fantastic article, I wouldn't have remembered half of that lol.
MartynRobboBFC
Updated again, Todmorden News understands that the deal is very close.
MartynRobboBFC
What have i missed???? laffs gone, gow in, out, in, out shake it all about!!! at the end of the day if laffs wanted to leave let him go and build a better squad with the "MOST" of the money from the deal! Is "MOST" even enough to buy a bag of chips let alone some decent new players!
AccyClaret
Added a bit from the Daily Record,Martyn and stickied the article.back to you!! ;-)
turfmanphil
Cheers Phil, been at work all day not had chance to look on here.
MartynRobboBFC
UPDATE: Lafferty signs for Rangers, but Gow won't decide on his move until next Thursday, if he doesn't agree then Rangers will pay more money.
MartynRobboBFC
Have updated re The Official Burnley website announce that Burnley Football Club has set a deadline of Thursday, June 26 for Alan Gow to join the club.etc
turfmanphil
I think that is saying conclusivley Gow wont be coming to Turf Moor and Rangers will pay us a bit more. In a way, perhaps Im glad, dont think Gow's heart is in a move to BFC but I hope Im wrong!
turfmanphil
His agent seems to be encouraging the move, its whether he can prize himself away from Glasgow or not at the end of the day, because he's got two years left on a contract with the team he supported as a child.
MartynRobboBFC
Tell you what would really pee me off, if he signed for another Champs club,especially Nobbers! I hope you are right, I just cant help thinking his heart is not in a move to BFC but then he could be in denial after Rangers clearly rejected him
turfmanphil
Yeah completely agree. I think he will sign though personally. I think he was trying to stall the Lafferty deal becasue of how Rangers had treated him to be fair. Now he's signed I think he will join us.
MartynRobboBFC
 

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