Date: 11th June 2011 at 12:24pm
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It looks like Burnley may be about to lose out to either Portsmouth or Derby if the speculation is true that they want to bring Barnsley defender, Jason Shackell to Turf Moor.

It is understood Derby are now clear favourites to sign the 27 year old centre half. The Rams according to media reports have had two bids of around £700,000 rejected but it is thought an offer nearer £1 million has now made by Derby and that this will be enough to tempt Barnsley to sell their highly rated captain.

Barnsley have also stated they have received no offer at all from Burnley so either the speculation is wide of the mark or yet again we have capitulated to clubs with more financial muscle than ourselves.Certainly the thinking locally in the media is that Howe had made Shackell his number one back four target and that he will now have to start looking for an alternative

Clarets fans will be forgiven for thinking that clubs with ‘more financial muscle’ seems to include every club in the Championship! Portsmouth for heaven’s sake? Derby? Give me a break!

Shackell started his career with Norwich City after coming through their youth system. In September 2008 he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers after signing a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £1 million. He then signed for Barnsley for an undisclosed fee in May 2010. The imposing 6ft 4′ defender replaced former Clarets defender, Stephen Foster as Barnsley`s captain this season.

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