BURNLEY’S initial offer of £750,000 could be enough to land target Craig Bryson from Derby County this week, after personal terms were agreed.
The Clarets are on the brink of landing the goalscoring midfielder, but the Rams are causing a hold-up by their insistence of not allowing their prized asset to go on the cheap.
The Championship play-off finalists have valued the Scot at around £2m, after being voted the club’s player of the year in two out of the last three seasons and bearing in mind his contract which has another two years left to run.
But although Derby knocked back Burnley’s offer, it is understood there is nothing in Bryson’s existing terms to say that a bidding club need to pay more than £750,000 for the 27-year-old.
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Initially it was thought that figure would only permit talks to take place.
However, more in-depth investigations into the terms of the new three-year deal he signed in May 2013 have shown that sum would be enough to spark a sale.
As such, the only reason for Burnley to increase their offer is if a rival bid was made.
It is understood Queens Park Rangers, who beat Derby with a dramatic late winner at Wembley in May to earn their place in the Premier League, have monitored the Scotland international but have not yet made an official approach.
In the meantime, Bryson continues to train with the Rams, who returned for pre-season last week.
The former Kilmarnock midfielder, who scored 16 goals last season, has taken part in the early fitness tests and training sessions.
Derby’s assistant manager Paul Simpson insisted it was business as usual for Bryson as far as the management and coaching staff were concerned.
“It does not unsettle the staff because we are still planning the same way,” he said.
“The club have turned the bid down, that is what we have been told and we just plan as normal.
“These things happen all the time. Last January, there was speculation all the time that maybe Will Hughes could be leaving the club.
“So, it is the same type of story but a different name and we just have to get on and plan that Craig Bryson will be with us and will be with us until somebody tells us different.”
Meanwhile, Burnley are expected to secure Michael Duff on a new deal this week.
The long-serving defender is set to commit to his 11th season at Turf Moor – and second in the Premier League – and a coaching element is likely to be included as part of the terms.
The Northern Ireland international, who has clocked up more than 300 appearances for the Clarets, spent part of his summer holidays working towards his UEFA Pro Licence coaching badge.