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Will Laws Keeper Wish Be GRANTed?

Will Laws Keeper Wish Be GRANTed?

Brian Laws is understood to still want to sign Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant despite a third bid being rejected by the Hillsborough club.

A third bid for the 27-year-old was turned down last night.

Owls boss Alan Irvine said this time:

'It was an improved offer, but fell way short of what it would take for us to consider selling him.'

BBC Sport during the week reported that Sheffield Wednesday had confirmed an offer, had been made by fax on Wednesday. This offer though had been rejected and it now looks like an improved offer has also been turned down.

It is believed the earlier offer was already in the high six figure bracket and it is widely thought a £1 million bid has now been made.

Sheffield Wednesday though relegated into League One last season are currently in financial trouble and yesterday received a winding-up order from HM Revenue and Customs over an unpaid £550,000 tax bill.The Owls Board may now want to reconsider their position in the light of their financial situation and might now be prepared to accept lower bids for Lee Grant.

The Yorkshire Post this week also reported that former Clarets loan keeper, Nicky Weaver could be about to join his hometown club paving the way for Grant to move on. Weaver, born in Sheffield is a Wednesdayite and indeed had a loan spell at the club whilst on Manchester City's books in 2005-6.

Lee Grant has been impressive for Wednesday and has been linked with both Premier League new boys, West Brom and SPL's Celtic.

The Baggies were looking at Preston keeper, Andy Lonergan but appear to have given up hope of signing him after the Deepdale club rejected three West Brom bids. Burnley too were also linked with Lonergan and now in rather co-incidental fashion both appear to be competing to sign Grant instead.

Celtic also might be ready to make a bid for the stopper.

Burnley's advantage though could be the fact that both Brian Laws and Lee Grant know each other well from the time that Laws was manager at Sheffield Wednesday. Laws in fact signed Grant for the Owls

Grant signed a three-year contract with Sheffield Wednesday in July 2007. If he does join the Clarets, he will also be reaquainted with Billy Mercer,our current goalkeeping coach who of course worked in a similar capacity under Laws at Sheffield Wednesday.

Lee Grant will also be familiar with Turf Moor having already made his debut for the Clarets during an emergency loan spell at the club in 2005-6 whilst on the books at Derby County. He made just one appearance. Jensen was suspended and Coyne was injured so he went straight in to the team and made his debut for Burnley against Leicester City on 19 November 2005.

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Saturday July 24 2010
Time: 12:16PM

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Bit worried that West Brom might poach him from us if we are not careful! Give em an offer they cant refuse and have done with it!! ;-)
turfmanphil
24/07/2010 12:19:00
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A six-figure sum is a disgrace to be honest. This is a bid from a manager who rated him at £2 million when other clubs were sniffing around him a year or so ago.
nickswfc
24/07/2010 12:26:00
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To be fair a year ago he was playing in at a higher level, I wish we could get this sorted one way or the other for all concerned parties, it does seem to be dragging on now!
8clarets8
24/07/2010 12:33:00
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As a wednesday fan i'll be disappointed to see him go, but you will get a cracking keeper if the deal goes through, no less than £1.5 million though. shouldnt be am issue with 4 years of parachute payments coming your way.
dezzyp
24/07/2010 13:44:00
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The club are so used to being tight gits a change in culture seems to come hard to them when the money starts sloshing about! We don't want to be ripped off but then maybe we should make a statement, do the business and not mess about so much with the likes of West Brom & Celtic waiting in the wings [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
24/07/2010 13:48:00
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If Laws wants him so badly why does he not tell the board to make 1.5m bid if that what it going to take to get Grant from Sheff Wed. Some reports say that Sheff Wed want 1.5m whether the board thinks thats to high? if BL wants him and the board said they were going to back the manager then lets pay it.
Fedupclaret
24/07/2010 15:56:00
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Either get this sorted out quickly or move on
Totally_Claret
24/07/2010 16:06:00
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Please go away
will_swfc9
24/07/2010 22:17:00
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Sympathise with you Will, but we're in a dog eat dog situation when it comes to football these days. Wasn't too long ago when we were there, but now we've got the bucks. Why is it that I'm still not confident that he'll come though? I've got this feeling that a limit has been set on our bids , but £1.5 million shouldn't break the bank? I can't fault Flood and Kilby at all for what they've done for this club, but unless a logical financial reason that we can all understand and accept is provided, then I'm with tmp on this one. Let's use the Fletcher money if nothing else? Or was that used to pay the taxman ? :-)
WelshClaret
25/07/2010 00:08:00
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I would say that's unlikely, Welsh, but don't have the facts. :) What might be the case though is that, if the Pompey appeal goes in favour of the taxman, in terms of tax on image rights, all clubs, including Bfc, will owe the tax a bit more. I wouldn't have thought that would affect us all that much. But who knows? Beyond this, my sense is that Flood, Kilby and Laws all take the view that we shouldn't pay over the odds. If we start doing it, all other deals will become more expensive. And they have always said that some of the money from these boom years is to build the infrastructure, some to build the youth system and some to make the club sustainable. And I suspect that at least some of the desire to replace Penny is to grant Penny a chance to move on, more than because we think he's inadequate if Beast gets injured. Being patient is hard though.
Couch Potato
25/07/2010 07:52:00
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