Double Negative Blow for Laws-Sharp & Driver
Brian Laws appears to have suffered a double blow today with news that two of his targets may not be coming to Turf Moor afterall.
The local Sheffield Star states that Blades striker Billy Sharp is staying at Sheffield United after rejecting the opportunity to join Burnley. He was mulling over the opportunity with his agent over the weekend.
Despite his failure to make the first team under Kevin Blackwell, it is understood he wants to have one final go at trying to resurrect his career at Bramall Lane.
It is thought that the Clarets bid about £1 million for the player with most media reports being optimistic he would soon be a Claret.
Doncaster Rovers, the club he played for on loan last season and Leeds United were both understood to be competing with Burnley for his signature so it looks like all three clubs will go away empty handed.
It is perhaps surprising that Sharp has rejected Brian Laws overtures since the player was on Scunthorpe's books when Laws was manager there. It had been thought he would relish a chance to play for his former boss again rather than struggle to get a regular place in the Blades first team.
If that was not bad enough, Laws has now suffered a second body blow with news that Burnley's bid for Hearts winger, Andrew Driver has been rejected.
Burnley are understood to have put in a second bid of £2.5m, which could have risen to £4m with add-ons. An attractive sell-on clause was also included to tempt Hearts into selling their star player.
However this bid too has been rejected with the Tynecastle club understood to be holding out for £3 million.
Whether the Clarets will up their offer accordingly remains to be seen but Driver does seem to be attracting a lot of interest with Bundesliga side Cologne believed to be the latest club monitoring the situation. The German club had hoped to sign last season's loan Zoran Tosic but lost out to CSKA Moscow.CSKA Moscow has also been looking at Driver so they now seem to be out of the frame with Cologne now emerging as competition for the Clarets.