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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.




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Date:Tuesday June 29 2010

Time: 11:27AM

Your Comments

Drat and double drat!!
turfmanphil
It ain't over till it's over.
Couch Potato
Hmmmm. . . Driver s a blow. Not sure the others such a loss.
Damar51
Bit of a worry that we don't seem to be able to sign a player like Sharp must be personel terms because the fee was accepted. As for Driver if Laws thinks thats a fair offer so be it, I hope there are more signings in the pipeline.
Fedupclaret
Still a wait and see job I think. But if we don't increase our bids I hope we pull out all the stops for Whittingham and Cork.
WelshClaret
The offer for driver is more than reasonable imo so I say walk away. I think Sharp is desperate to make it work aat his boyhood club. I don't blame him for that.
ClaretClaude
Both fair points CC. Walking away doesn't mean no deal when the window is on the verge of closing. Maybe Sharp is also thinking that he'd like to work with Laws again, but wondering how long the Burnley fans are going to give his old mentor?
Couch Potato
Got to admit I really don't get Sharp's decision, but there you go. I suppose if the blades are your boyhood club yoou have a bond there. Personally I wouldn't want to sign him now, I think he has dilly dallied around too much, either you want to play for us or you don't so thanks but no thanks. Driver I wouldn't be so sure of, I thnk that has got legs yet, there arguing over price with mad vlad, could take time. Laws is on website saying we need to strengthen goal keeper and wide areas, and were very close to doing this! My bet is Grant and a wide man. Laws wants a wing wizard!
skutter169
News in Sheffield is that we offered Sharp a big pay hike from his current deal but it is his desire to play for his 'boyhood' team and make it work. Cant fault him, or our club for that in my opinion.
Claretdale
the 'non signing' of sharp doesnt really concern me good but not that good in my eyes, better out there, usual names hooper et al, we need pace in this team, pace sharp hasnt got that, is maynard just a ploy to get us all talking all thinking what could be. driver, do they want jam on it, would like him here, more so than whittingham and certainly wallace
ClaretTricks
Laws looks to have given up on Driver accusing Hearts of pricing him out of a deal and we are now said to be looking elsewhere.
8clarets8
 

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