Date:Wednesday June 24 2009
The Clarets of course defeated Sheffield United in the Champonship play-offs final at Wembley to secure a place in the top flight for the first time in 33 years. As they prepare for their first ever season in the top flight, it is rumoured today in the Yorkshire Post that Owen Coyle might be interested in one of the Blades key defenders, Matthew Kilgallon.
The 25-year old England Under 21 International started his career with Leeds United in 2002 coming through their youth system before making his debut in 2004 after a brief loan spell with West Ham.
Kilgallon then signed for Sheffield United in January 2007 for £1.75 million rising to £2 million including a 20% sell on clause. He has since made 86 appearnces for the club also scoring three goals.
His form this season led to him being voted the Supporters' club Player of the Year and he is obviously highly regarded by Blades fans.
The Yorkshire Post also believe that a contract extension for Kilgallon has stalled with the player wanting better terms than the club are willing to offer.
Money could also be tight at the Yorkshire club after their failure at the hands of the Clarets to win promotion.
Their £11m parachute payments for clubs relegated from the top division will end this summer and they could be looking to tighten their belts.
Burnley, if the Yorkshire Post is to be believed could be in competition with Wigan Athletic to sign the player although no bids are understood to have been made by either club and the transfer fee involved could be substantial.
Not quite sure how much truth there is in this rumour since today it was announced that Derby defender, Tyrone Mears was close to becoming a Clarets player after the two clubs had agreed a deal. Kilgallon though is more of a central defender so Coyle could be looking to strengthen in that department too.
Date:Wednesday June 24 2009
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