Clarets keen on Jorgensen

Last updated : 15 May 2003 By Tony Scholes

The 27 year-old Dane moved to the Bradford & Bingley Pulse Valley Parade Stadium two years ago on a Bosman after spending two years on the south coast with Bournemouth although he then struggled to get a game under manager Jim Jefferies.

That all changed though when Nicky Law took over and he has been very much a regular this season. He scored his first goal of the season on Boxing Day but had a remarkable run in the second half of the season and scored a total of eleven goals. This included finding the net in each of eight consecutive away games including their 2-0 win on the Turf.

Norwich are also keen on signing him and it is believed that they are very much favourites although Bradford Chairman Gordon Gibb (clearly as keen as Mr. Pompous at revealing all) has admitted that Burnley are also interested.

Having turned down a new offer at Bradford Gibb said, "It’s safe to assume that Claus will be playing elsewhere next year. We had a chat with his agent and quote him the figure and were told that it was not acceptable.

"Claus scored some very valuable goals for which we were obviously grateful. But when we made the offer we had to weigh up his pluses and his minuses in terms of the squad for next season. We had to ask ourselves if Claus was going to be an 11-goal a season man every year. We don’t think he is going to contribute that amount of goals every time so we will have to look somewhere else for that."

Jorgensen has been in England for over four years since signing for Bournemouth from AC Horsens in February 1999. A popular player at Dean Court it was a disappointment to the Cherries fans when he decided to move to Bradford two summers ago as the Yorkshire club were just on their way out of the Premiership.

But whether he arrives at Turf Moor or not Bradford City have made it clear today that Claus Jorgensen has played his last game for them.