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Kilgallon Bid & Blades Willing to Sell(Updated)

Sheffield United defender Matthew Kilgallon has turned down the chance to move to Burnley according to Sky Sports

Sky Sports understand that Burnley made an offer of 1.75million for the 25-year-old, which was accepted by the Yorkshire club.

Kilgallon was given permission to hold talks over a move to Turf Moor on Tuesday night, but he instead decided to reject the Clarets offer.

His contract was due to expire at the end of the season and his long term future at Bramall Lane had been in serious doubt. Blades manager, Kevin Blackwell seemed resigned to losing the former Leeds defender in the January window and had been talking about reinvesting the money they would get from his transfer. Newcastle in particular had been linked with the player but according to his agent last week Kilgallon is now content to play out the rest of the season for Sheffield United.

Clarets fans might now be wondering whether having Brian Laws around at the time would have made any difference in view of his former links with the City of Steel albeit with United's most bitter rivals.

Update-Thursday 14th January

According to the Mirror, Laws is now looking to sign centre half Matthew Kilgallon.

They believe the new Burnley gaffer could put in a big offer but is likely to be outbid by Everton who are also in the race to sign him either now or on a free next summer.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 13 2010

Time: 2:02PM

Your Comments

Why is this club always seem to miss out at the moment?
Would you move to a managerless club? I wonder who we might get now?
Marcus Tudgay? ;-)
No worries, we will do this our way, I like the thought of Laws and Grezza deciding who to go for. Grezza knows a lot of the Championship players! He will advise with a lot of insight I am sure. My glass is half full and I am sticking to it......
Are we still getting Kevin Long or is Coyle taking him straight to Bolton?
Interesting - At that time we were managerless, who put the bid in, at the request of who? As for Wednesday - I would be surprised to see moves for the like of Grant and Beevers, maybe Tudgay also.
I am not sure how the agreement on Long was sorted out. I got the impression he couldn't complete the deal until this month because of the transfer window rules. Coyle looks like he has already stolen Holden and offered him a trial at the Reebok. Just hope we can stop the sod spoiling any more of our original targets eg Wilshere. I suppose Laws might now have a say on Long though?
Wenger no doubt will see what changes at the Turf and speak with Laws. The Wilshire deal will be more about who he would be playing alongside...Kevin Davies or Chris Eagles, would he get a game at Notlob or not? I don't think Wenger will say no to BFC unless we no longer see a need for him given McCann returning and Pato.
Dale do you mean you wouldn't be surprised?
Either way, the ball will move.
Couch Potato
I like your thinking VR. If Eagles and others go, Wilshere would almost be gauranteed a first team place for the rest of the season. Surely this would be tempting for Wenger.
Flood has stated quite firmly that we won't be selling any players this January and I believe him as we really don't need to and I'm convinced they'll still retain their value at the end of the season. Laws would not want to get off to such an unpopular start as to sell fans' favourites. Anyone here know the truth with Nugent, are you allowed to play for three clubs in one season or is it that you cannot be on loan at three clubs. Not sure of the rules myself. Mark Beevers looked like a cracking prospect I thought a couple of years ago but I don't know how he's developed. Grant a good keeper, good call Dale.
Oops, back to the Original article. Surely Kilgallon will find a club to pay him more than 15K a week, hence we've no chance.
Grant could well be the first purchase. As a defnder himself, Laws will surely look towards the defence and decide what needs strengthening.
I think a loan counts to the 'not 3 clubs rule' CC, in that O'Hara on loan at Pompey from Spurs seems to be caught up in it. But I half remember O'Hara saying he was awaiting a clarification of the rule. Did Nugent play at all at Pompey this year?
Couch Potato
This 15k a week imo is a guideline, I am sure the players have a bonus structure whereby if they keep us up there wages would be seriously increased by the bonus payment, thus making the 15k a week look tiny and maybe the odd appearance bonus too? Just a thought.
Yes I did mean wouldnt be surprised Barnsey - Whoops! I think your right CP - I am not sure that Nuge made any appearances for Pompey this season. But I wasnt sure that O'Hara made any appearences for Spurs ( could well be wrong). What is the exact wording of the rule. Is it that a player cannot play for? or cannot be registered with? 3 clubs in a season?

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