Date:Saturday July 24 2010
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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