Date:Saturday June 23 2012
The Clarets are understood to have made at least two bids for 28 year old Derby defender, Jason Shackell thought to be in the region of £800,000 to £1 million.
It is also believed at least another two clubs, including Cardiff have also made offers for the former Barnsley central defender and left back. All clubs could well lose out though with Rams captain,Jason Shackell looking increasingly likely to remain at Derby County.
Derby County chief executive Tom Glick said:
"We`ve turned down four bids from three different clubs on Jason at this point.
"Simply put, Jason is an essential player for us. He played every minute of every game and it`s no surprise we`ve had interest in him, from more than those three clubs, too.
"He`s a top player in the Championship and a leader for us, so it would take a lot to pry him away from Derby."
Eddie Howe tried to sign the player last summer as well but lost out to Championship rivals Derby who won the bidding at just over £1million in June 2011 bringing the defender from Oakwell to Pride Park. It is thought the highest current bid would have allowed Derby to more or less break even and although a move away from Pride Park has still not been ruled out, it looks like it could take a significant increase in the offer price to prise him away.
Meanwhile Burnley have once again been linked with a move for out-of-contract Sheffield United midfielder Lee Williamson (pictured above) The 30 year old may feel a move away from the League 1 club, following their play-offs defeat against Huddersfield at Wembley, could be a good career move especially if it involves a step up to one league above. Burnley have now also be joined by Barnsley in the chase to sign him according to the Daily Star.
The former Mansfield, Northampton, Rotherham and Watford player joined the Blades in the summer of 2009 for an undisclosed fee believed to be about £500,000 and the midfielder has since made over 75 games for the club scoring at a rate of about one-in-four games.
Well it was a quiet week with only really those two names being mentioned in terms of potential 'ins'so what about the 'outs'?
There is still some uncertainity over the future of winger,Keith Treacy who helped Sheffield Wednesday gain automatic promotion to the Championship after spending some time out on loan to the Hillsborough outfit last season. Clearly out-of-favour at Turf Moor last season, what future lies ahead for the former Preston player?
It is thought a number of Championship clubs could be interested in signing him including Barnsley as well the Owls but Eddie Howe this week would appear to suggest he may well still have a part to play for the Clarets next season.
Speaking to the local press, Howe said he fully expected Treacy to report back for pre-season training on July 6.
"I've said before, I'll never shut the door on him, no one is going to nick him from us," said the Burnley gaffer.
"He did well at Sheffield Wednesday, forced his way into the team, but if he comes back in good shape, he'll fight for his place.
"If we get interest in him, we'll review it.
"His talent has never been in doubt, he could be a fantastic player for us, he has all the attributes you want in a wide man.
"The few times he did turn it on for us, he was excellent, and we'd like to see him at his very best."
Date:Saturday June 23 2012
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