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Rumour Mill-Laws Seeks a Grant

Almost predictably Brian Laws has once more been linked with a move for Sheffield Wednesday keeper, Lee Grant. He was believed to have enquired about the 27 year old,former England U21 keeper back in the January transfer window this year but instead finished up by signing Nicky Weaver. Weaver did not play once for the Clarets and has since been released.

The club have also released young youth keepers Danny MacDonald and Jonathan Lund. Brian Jensen has been offered a new contract but has yet to accept. If 'The Beast' declines the offer and moves on we will be left with just one goalkeeper, Diego Penny and he is understood to be out of favour at the club.

It is clear therefore that we will need at least one new goalkeeper for next season and Lee Grant is the second keeper we have been linked with this spring. Brian Laws was reported to also be interested in signing Birmingham City`s 38 year old Northern Ireland international keeper Maik Taylor on a free transfer

Sheffield Wednesday, relegated this season to League 1 stand to lose a number of their key players to make ends meet and Lee Grant is one such player.

Brian Laws also of course will be familiar with a number of the players(including Grant)at the club having been their former manager at Hillsborough and will know how the club operates in it's transfer dealings.

Laws according to the Daily Mail is ready to offer 1.5million for Grant.

Wigan Athletic and other clubs though are also believed to be interested in him.

Grant started his professional career with Derby County and made his debut for the Rams funnily enough 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!

There is no doubt Laws is a firm fan of Grant. He reportedly said in January 2008:

"Grant has probably been the most outstanding keeper in the league in terms of current form."




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 14 2010

Time: 9:29AM

Your Comments

Hope this is true and we can pull off a deal! Laws could have an advantage knowing the player and the workings of the club but at the end of the day if a Prem club is sniffing around they would be able to outbid us with Grant also one assumes preferring to play in the top flight
turfmanphil
derisory offer. worth at least double that, and brian knows it!
swfcjambo
Looks like Tudgay in reverse!! ;-)
turfmanphil
Last year Laws was bleating about Burnley trying to sign Tudgay on the cheap. If the fee quoted for Grant -1.5M is true, it is a bigger joke than the Tudgay offer he rejected. Grant is the best keeper outside the prem, player of the season and under a long term contract. Every player does have his price but try 3M you cheeky little pie faced dwarf. By the way you can have Tudgay for 1.5M now
greeny9
I hope we get him because I have a feeling that the beast might not sign? I would prefer Grant to Taylor because of the age gap, glad that Laws is looking to bring players in to the areas we need competition. Jambo get in the real world 3mill, I think thats a fair price.
Fedupclaret
Id be happy with Grant. I think 3 mill would be too much, I think we would end up paying 2 mill. Got to think where would Grant want to play hopefully with a top 6 championship side and a chance of the Premier League or League one.
skutter169
Tudgay 1.5m - Dont think you would get half of that now. Think Burnley won on that one. In my opinion we will be looking at 1.5-2m for Grant. Brian Laws would have the advnatage in that he knows him ( and his wages) as for playing in the prem - Would Grant be a first choice keeper? If not, he may wish to play at a club ( such as Burnley) where he would be
Claretdale
Good point Dale, the article in the Mail suggests they only want Grant to increase competition for Chris Kirkland. Although if he comes here can we safely assume he will be Number 1 if Jensen stays? The Beast does have a habit of seeing off the competition witness Coyne, Pollitt, Kiraly, Penny & Weaver!!
turfmanphil
Grant would be a good buy for 2 million or so, and I agree with the above comments that he probably won't fancy being a second keeper with Wigan. For him to sign for us, I would imagine he'd need some kind of reassurance from laws that the same won't happen here.
welshclaret
Beast Burnley no 2 Grant our no 1 I can live with that. Wednesday need the money and Laws knows it.
Grimsby Claret
Got to agree with you greeny BL is a pie faced little dwarf!! but 3 Million for Grant no he's not worth that much!
sheclaret
Watched a few Wednesday games and Tommy Spurr with his long throws up front and extra height in deffence would be interesting at the right price.
AndyHo
You may be right Andy, but having already purchased a 1m + left back, I cannot see us signing another.
Claretdale
 

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