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Irvine Unhappy With Grant Fee

Irvine Unhappy With Grant Fee

Wednesday manager Alan Irvine has revealed he's unhappy at the fee agreed between the Owls and Burnley for the services of in-demand goalkeeper Lee Grant.

The Clarets had a fourth offer accepted by the Owls yesterday and the former England U21 looks set for a move to Turf Moor this week once personal terms have been agreed.

The fee is reported to be around the £1m mark with add-ons, but was undisclosed by both clubs.

But Irvine insists the offer for Grant was too low as far as he was concerned.

He told BBC Radio Sheffield: 'Personally, no, no I'm not (happy with the fee).

'But I understand the circumstances, I don't think it was enough but I fully understand exactly what the situation is and so it's one of those situations where I can't argue with the decision that's been made by any means.

'But we move on, the money is obviously important for the future of the club and that's the most important thing.

'The fact that people are able to strike at a time when it may have been difficult for us to have reject offers, that's probably their good luck.'

Grant had been rated at between £2 million - £3m last season when Birmingham City had been linked with his services.

But it appears he's about to leave Hillsborough for a much lower sum than that, with it coming hot-on-the-heels of the news that Wednesday faced a winding-up petition for an unpaid tax bill at the end of last week.

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Date:Monday July 26 2010
Time: 6:37PM


What a bunch of incompetents our board are . No doubt we have agreed to unrealistic add ons. Also no doubt we will have not got a sell on clause when he goes for 5 mill in two years . Arrrggghhh
26/07/2010 19:05:00
I am starting to think the board we have are so backwards that the club can never get investment with them lot there.
26/07/2010 19:17:00
I suppose the board will be slapping their pockets and gettin the chappers out and I bet AI does not get a sniff at any of it to replace Granty. it will not supprise me more clubs will jump on the band wagon to get their hands on more of our stars and AI says thats enough and goes
26/07/2010 19:21:00
Weve just rejected a bid for JJ (Forest) - here we go AGAIN!!!
26/07/2010 19:55:00
Bottom line, if club 9's bid was accepted this would not have happened. We are stuck with a board who care more about their own pockets than the club, and sadly we will never get investment, because they dont want to give up their small bit of power. If Irvine is coming out with these statements, then it looks like he will walk, and I cant blame him.
26/07/2010 20:14:00
looks like he will walk? a touch dramatic maybe? he knew the financial issues when he took over, admittedly, i am worried about the jj bid.
26/07/2010 20:18:00
your complaining about the board but they have backed and supported you with 8 brand new signings after relegation and a big loss of revenue without any sales first...all of a sudden you are quick to turn. 2 days ago you lot were bragging saying how good you are and what a great team you have...surely you have to put that down to the support of the can you now slate them?
26/07/2010 20:35:00
Blade for life in sensible post shocker? Whatever next?
26/07/2010 20:37:00
hate to say it but ballbag that is BFL is right, we are a very fickle bunch, 2nd only to newcastle fans.. Still, at least we dont still sulk about tevez.
26/07/2010 20:53:00
I hate to say it but BFL actually makes sense. We have signed 8 quality players this pre season, one of which (Clinton Morrison) I still am amazed by that we actually signed him. As much as we slag the board off now for leting Granty go and maybe Johnson they have coughed up some money to support these 8 top signings we have made. Unfortunatly going down to League 1 dont often come without sacrifice, but if I look at the bigger picture 2 out in order to strengthen the every other area of the team aint that bad biz. I am gutted Grants gone but chins up and move on we still have a cracking team worthy of Championship football net alone League 1. Its still gonna be a tough season but we in with a great chance I feel. Would take Weaver as Grants replacement any day if we could get him. UP THE OWLS !!
26/07/2010 20:54:00
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