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Rumour Mill-Laws in for Owls Keeper,Lee Grant

According to the Daily Mirror our new manager, Brian Laws is returning to his old club Sheffield Wednesday with a 1.5million bid for keeper Lee Grant although Skysports.com understands Burnley had lined up a move for the keeper prior to Owen Coyle's departure.

The 26 year old keeper is highly regarded and has previously been voted the best keeper in the Championship.

It is understood the club have enough cash to sign the former England Under 21 International although the Mirror understand he is on a high salary at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday are desperate to raise cash to ease their financial worries and it could be a tug of war with new Owls manager, Alan Irvine desperate to hold onto Grant.

Grant has a long term contract at Sheffield Wednesday so they will be looking for a reasonable transfer fee if they are willing to let him go.

Grant started his professional career with Derby County and made his debut for the Rams against Burnley in September 2002.

Lee Grant actually played for Burnley too during an emergency loan spell in November 2005. You probably won't remember it though. The then Burnley manager, Steve Cotterill brought him to Turf Moor on a month's loan from Derby County with his two regular keepers, Danny Coyne and Brian Jensen both unavailable.

He went straight into the team that played Leicester City at Turf Moor on the 19th November and he kept a clean sheet with the Clarets coming out 1-0 winners.

Brian Jensen though returned for the next game after a one match suspension and Grant would see out his loan without playing for the Clarets again.

Grant had another loan spell with Oldham Athletic before eventually leaving Pride Park after his contract expired in July 2007 and was not renewed.

He then signed a three-year contract with Sheffield Wednesday in July 2007,with the manager bringing him to Hillsborough being of course Brian Laws!




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 14 2010

Time: 9:47AM

Your Comments

If this is true Jensen, Penny and Lund might be wondering about their futures at the club
turfmanphil
What has happened to Lund? he doesn't seem to make the bench. Maybe he is playing hide and seak with Remco.
sheclaret
Did Spicer score in Grant's Turf 1-0 over Leicester? If so, I do remember it. A stooping header at Cricket Field end, and possibly soon after Spicer scored at Birmingham. But I may now have dug a big hole for myself. Let me down gently!
Couch Potato
Which ever way the dice roll for us this season I think this could be a good signing. Lets face it on interview have you any questions for us Brian? Yes who was the previous manager trying to sign and why? Not rocket science that the Board would know the answers.
VinRogue
I think Lund is one for the future sheclaret. He is very young in Golakeeping years.
ClaretClaude
Yep CP you do indeed have a good memory,Spicer scored in 40th minute in that game
turfmanphil
..by the way CP you were not quite right about the Birmngham game, it was the season after when Spicer got the goal to beat Brum 1-0 away. It was during the good spell we were having towards the end of the season after earlier suffering 19 games without a win
turfmanphil
It was in a good run of goals for Spice though - soon after or before he had scored 2 against Crewe. I also think we signed Grant because of a suspension to the beast for his red card at Luton when Mr Spicer obviously played an important part.
Claretdale
That is correct Dale
turfmanphil
Interesting what Sky Sports are now saying which I have added to article above now namely that the club had lined up a move for Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant prior to Owen Coyle's departure. Just have to hope Bolton are happy with their keepers or no doubt the sneak will try and scupper that one too!
turfmanphil
Yes! It was after the Luton game. I knew it was something really big, and my misfiring brain cells took me to the wrong big Spice moment. (I am lost without my Clarets Chronicles when I am here at work.) Do I get a prize though? Maybe 10 bonus points in the Prediction League? I do need some help there!!! Though I might be winning if I had stuck with my prediction of a 3-1 loss in every game...
Couch Potato
Do I get 20 bonus points and a tufty badge for posting this story first on Rumour Mill? The badge would be quite important to me.
VinRogue
Do you mean that we actually have another goalkeeper other than Jensen!!! That bench must be very warm where Penney sits. I think that it would be a good move for Grant
heathfieldclaret
I am happy for VR to get the tufty badge as long as I get the 10 points.
Couch Potato
Goodness me, can CP stoop any lower in his quest for Prediction League honours ?
RickersTwickers
Probably.
Couch Potato
Is that a challenge RT?
claretdale
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant could be a good signing it will keep the beast on his toes. will they accept Penny as part exchange?
Grimsby Claret
Based on what happened at Hillsborough last season GC? :-)
claretdale
If Grant comes it must surely be curtains for Penny? Surely they cant do the dirty on Jensen and if he stays I can see him winning out. He usually does!
turfmanphil
I think the standard of my predictions speaks for itself. The only one I have got spot on was Burnley P Stoke City P. At least CP has managed to achieve a level of credibility with his crystal ball based suggestions.
RickersTwickers
Kind words should never pass unnoticed, TR. Thank you. Your witty retort to the tufty offer yesterday was always taken in good spirit. I fear only that I must now correct you on my greater predicting skills, and that we are locked in a bottom of the table battle, along with VR.
Couch Potato
I fear you could be correct CP. Mind you which of us resembles Portsmouth ( absolute disarray ), Hull ( no longer a surprise package ), Bolton ( play it long ) or Wolves ( always give the reserves a chance ) ?
RickersTwickers
Who knows, RT? But I predict they'll be writing about our epic battles ahead 50 years from now!
Couch Potato
 

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