Burnley have suffered a late blow in the transfer window, as they have seen a £1.5 million offer for Derby County’s Richard Keogh knocked back, reports the Irish Independent. The Rams’ captain had become a primary target for Sean Dyche’s men, but they do not look likely to be successful in signing him.
The 28 year old defender has been with Derby for two seasons, and has established himself as captain of the ambitious Championship outfit. An almost ever-present since his arrival at the club, Keogh is expected to feature very heavily in the Rams’ push for promotion this season. Last year, Steve Mcclaren’s side were the unfortunate losers in the Play-Off final, but they hope to gain the much sought-after Premier League status this year.
Speaking about his captain, McClaren was adamant that Keogh would not be leaving his team this summer. ‘Richard Keogh is a big part of this football club, he is the captain,’ said the former England manager. ‘I want to keep this squad. We have worked very hard to get them all signed up,’ he continued.
Burnley will be disappointed to have missed out on the Republic of Ireland international, but could still enter into the transfer window again this weekend. With just a few days left to negotiate, Dyche has been one of the quieter managers within the top flight, as he has tried to keep the essence of the team which won him promotion last year. With Manchester United arriving at Turf Moor on Saturday though, the Premier League new boys will face another tough test this weekend.