Clarets turn down Akinbiyi offer

Last updated : 17 January 2006 By Tony Scholes

Chairman Barry Kilby has confirmed today that an offer has been received from the Yorkshire club, and he has also confirmed that it has been turned down by the Clarets, although he was not prepared to give any indication as to what the offer was.

“Sheffield United have made an offer for Ade that we have turned down,” Kilby said. “I don’t want to talk figures but they didn’t meet our valuation of the player and that’s where we stand at the moment.”

Sheffield United have said nothing although manager Neil Warnock has said that they still have an offer on the table for Cardiff striker Cameron Jerome, they and Cardiff are currently around £3 million apart in their valuations, as well as having put bids in for three or four other strikers.

Kilby’s words sound so similar to the ones we heard a year ago concerning Robbie Blake at the time the offers were coming in from Wigan. Today he has suggested that there is a valuation on Ade just as he did with Blake.

Ironically that all blew up last season in the week leading up to the home game with Preston. Unfortunately, no matter what happens, Ade won’t be able to do to Preston what Robbie did then.

The speculation is bound to continue but we are just fourteen days away from the closing of the transfer window, any sale now would make it very difficult for Steve Cotterill to move for a replacement, particularly given that some of that period he and the squad will be out of the country.