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.
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."
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.
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!