Learner Driver Still On Test at Hearts
England Under 21 International, Andrew Driver appears to have failed the Premier League test and now looks set to remain at Hearts for at least another season.
The 21 year old winger has been a target for the Clarets for the past-two seasons but all the bids by the club to date have been rejected.
Driver was the subject of two bids totalling £500,000 by the Clarets in the summer of 2008 and Coventry City made a £1 million bid in the 2009 January transfer.
The Clarets were understood to have made a new bid of £2 million for Driver three weeks ago but this was rejected by the Jambos who rate the player at over double that amount.
Driver speaking to the Daily Record on Saturday following Hearts defeat to Southampton in a friendly at St Marys said:
'I've had a chat with the manager about my future and that will remain private. But it's clear that he wants me to stay for another year and I have told him I am happy to stay and continue improving. I've got a long contract at Hearts and I'm very happy here.I'm not going to go to the club right now and say I want to leave. It does me no favours to burn my bridges but I have always said that if the opportunity arises I would like to go to the Premiership.'
It looks like Driver feels he might not yet be ready for the Premier League and feels he needs to improve his skills before competing in one of the best leagues in Europe.
The winger continued:
'As a player you always want to improve, you always want to go to the next level and that is the aim for me'
He also hinted that the asking price from Hearts could be acting as a deterrent for Premier League clubs who are not prepared to pay over the odds for someone unproven at that level:
'The figure being talked about for me is very high but I hope I can show in the next few months I'm worth it. It doesn't put any extra pressure on me. If anything it's good to know the club values me so highly but at the end of the day you're only worth as much as someone is willing to pay.'
It looks like this saga could continue in a year's time or maybe in the January 2010 Transfer Window but it now looks clear that Andy Driver will not be swapping the Hearts shirt for a Burnley one in the near future.