Lee in a dilemma over Burnley rumour
ALAN Lee finds himself in the midst of a dilemma.All the signs point to Burnley coming in with a bid of around £1million for the nine-goal 29-year-old striker.
ALAN Lee finds himself in the midst of a dilemma.
All the signs point to Burnley coming in with a bid of around £1million for the nine-goal 29-year-old striker.
Town chairman David Sheepshanks confirmed no bid had been received over the weekend, despite reports to the contrary.
And the player dismissed thoughts of a move away from Portman Road.
But a £1million bid for Lee would be tempting for Town to turn down, having paid just £100,000 for him from Cardiff.
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This is despite their improved financial position following the takeover by Marcus Evans.
Lee spent time at Burnley earlier in his career, and did not enjoy the experience. He is open in his love for Ipswich Town and the area where he lives, on the Suffolk/Essex border.
But he might have to seriously consider a move for monetary reasons - particularly if Ipswich are willing to let him go.
Sheepshanks said on Saturday night: “Alan may have a lot of admirers in the football world, but we have had no bid from Burnley.
“There are always rumours in football and the transfer window heightens the intrigue. There is no more to say.”
Town boss Jim Magilton hinted at a possible move when he said: “I have had no contact with Burnley manager Owen Coyne, but I expect him to come knocking on my door.
“Every player has their fee, and I will listen to offers for all my players.”
Having sold striker Andy Gray to Charlton for £1.5million, Burnley have money to spend on Lee, who said on Saturday: “I have not heard anything regarding a move to Burnley.
“I like it at Ipswich and want to stay. This is where I see my future.”
Lee signed a new contract last summer, was top scorer last campaign with 17 goals and has netted nine this campaign.