Cardiff and Ipswich in chase for Coyne

Last updated : 30 May 2003 By Tony Scholes

Coyne is a good mate of Graham Branch and also knows Ian Moore and Gareth Taylor well and apparently they have painted a very rosy picture of life at Turf Moor so much so that he would be more than interested if Stan came a calling.

The goalkeeper is still under contract at Blundell Park but there is no way they would stand in his way if he wanted to go. They are another club in financial crisis following relegation to the 2nd Division and yesterday they made reserve team coach Paul Wilkinson redundant along with two non-footballing members of staff.

If Burnley do want Coyne though they may need to move quickly with two other clubs keen on signing him. Ipswich boss Joe Royle, all set to get the go ahead to start signing players next week, is considering an offer after releasing Andy Marshall whilst Cardiff will renew their interest in him after winning promotion.

He came close to joining Cardiff on a free transfer last summer, but terms couldn’t be agreed, and his former Grimsby boss Lennie Lawrence has already indicated that he will make another move for him.

For now though Coyne remains a Grimsby player although he told his own club’s website today, "I am still under contract at Grimsby and I don’t want to be disrespectful to them.

"But I want to play as high as I possibly can and Burnley are a massive club"