Riordan bid reported

Last updated : 03 July 2008 By Tony Scholes
It's all getting very confusing now. Yesterday morning reports in Scotland were suggesting we were in talks with Celtic but later in the day Owen Coyle was quoted by some media sources denying it.

The Clarets boss was quoted as saying: "I don't know where it has come from but it's certainly not from anyone at Burnley Football Club. It's well-documented I tried to sign him in January but there has been nothing since."

That hardly rung true, especially given that recently Brendan Flood admitted he was a player we were still keen to bring to Turf Moor. There were some thoughts that these were old quotes but nevertheless they did seem to suggest that Riordan, having been believed to still be a target, was not Burnley bound.

But now to this morning, and in the most reliable of tabloids as far as Burnley are concerned. It is now being reported that an offer has gone in for him. It reports "Owen Coyle, the Burnley manager, has made a new £400k bid for Celtic striker Derek Riordan. The forward has been frozen out after rowing with boss Gordon Strachan".

Time will tell, but I suspect that the Clarets are still making every effort to bring Derek Riordan to Turf Moor and that there is every chance, if a deal can be agreed with Celtic, he will be a Burnley player before the Clarets fly out to the United States next week.