Monday 20 November 2017

Burnley set to finalise Lafferty deal

CHAMPIONSHIP side Burnley will today complete a €200,000 move for Derry City defender Daniel Lafferty.

The former Celtic player has been tracked by a number of cross-channel clubs since the end of last season as he spent time on trial with Derby and Brighton, while Watford were also keen, but Burnley have made the biggest effort to land the 24-year-old, who hopes to make an impact similar to that of his former Derry team-mate James McClean, currently impressing in the English Premier League with Sunderland.

"It looks like he will be moving on. Burnley will be making a bid and Watford are also looking," says Derry manager Declan Devine. "He has only nine months left on his contract here. The club knows he could speak to clubs in the next transfer window and go for free. Daniel wants to play in England, he is good enough and the club has to look after its assets," added Devine.

But there is some good news for Derry as striker Mark Farren is about to re-sign for the club, despite reports that he was on his way to Belfast side Linfield.

NIGEL CLOUGH has praised the attitude of Derby County's Irish midfielder Jeff Hendrick.

Dubliner Hendrick established himself in the Rams side at the start of this season which promoted talk about a bid from Premier League clubs, though Hendrick ended speculation about his future by signing a new three-year deal, but Hendrick did experience loss of form recently.

"When you break into the first team like Jeff did in August it is a big thing," said Clough.

"We said he was having a bit of a dip in form and the three weeks he had out might have done him good. They say the best time to get fit is when you are injured and he looks in good shape. He was very, very good for 45 minutes on Saturday."

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