Date: 3rd June 2008 at 9:23am
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The Clarets, according to the Daily Record look set to sign Celtic’s Derek Riordan beating off a challenge by Leeds United.

Burnley were linked to the player in the January window with Kyle Lafferty also being mentioned in a player-cash deal. Celtic are understood to have turned down a straight cash offer of £400,000 for the player by the Clarets.

Neither transfers came to fruition and Riordan stayed at Celtic where the out of favour Celtic striker became embroiled in a public slanging match with manager, Gordon Strachan ensuring the hell for the player continued.

Lafferty on the other hand, remained with the Clarets but recently did his cause no good at all by criticising both club and gaffer, Owen Coyle indicating he would relish a move away from Turf Moor. Wolves are currently the favourite to sign him with both Rangers & Celtic still believed to be interested in also signing the Northern Ireland International.

Leeds gaffer, Gary McAllister is understood to be preparing a £500,000 move for Riordan.

It is believed that Riordan is now Leeds top target.

McAllister tried to bring the player to Elland Road in a loan deal during the January transfer window but now appears ready to offer Celtic a cash deal worth three times more than the Glasgow club paid for the player two years ago when he signed from Hibernian.

Celtic’s valuaton of the player though was in the region of £800k-$1m last January although they might now be tempted to release him for less in view of the increasing tensions at the club.

There is however another problem for Leeds that could scupper their plans. The club failed to win promotion via the play-offs and are doomed to another season, at least in League 1.

The Clarets connection to the player has not been reported recently in the media and many Clarets fans thought the club had lost interest in Riordan being put off by Celtic’s valuation of the player and the suggestion they wanted Lafferty as part of any deal.

However Owen Coyle,could now offer Riordan the opportunity to play for a Championship side which according to the Daily Record puts the Clarets in pole position to sign him ahead of League 1 side,Leeds.

However the complication might still be Kyle Lafferty. The player looks certain to leave Turf Moor but will this be to Celtic as part of any deal for Riordan?

Could the resolution of the Lafferty situation dictate whether the Clarets bid for Riordan or not? Indeed are we still in fact interested or is this just speculation based on our old interests in signing the player?

Riordan, given the chance certainly can appear to be an effective striker. The 25-year old Scottish International was prolific for Hibernian scoring 65 goals in three seasons at Easter Road. However in his hell at Parkhead he has made only 13 starts since he signed for Celtic in a £200,000 deal in June 2006.

After his widely publicised outburst against the club and manager, not surprisingly he didn`t even figure in the squad for the last two months of the season.

Surely someone can save this guy’s career and will it be the Clarets who provide the manna from Heaven?