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Derby County look to extend Bryson contract with Burnley sniffing

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

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DERBY County are in talks with Craig Bryson over extending the midfielder’s contract.

Bryson is wanted by newly promoted Premier League side Burnley.

He has spoken to the Clarets, according to reports, but Derby have rejected an undisclosed offer from Burnley and are keen for their reigning player of the year to stay.

“The offer was immediately rejected and the club remains in discussions with Bryson with regards to extending his existing contract,” was part of a statement released by the Rams.

The statement also said: “Bryson, along with the rest of Derby’s first-team squad, will be reporting back for pre-season training this week.”

The Scottish international’s current deal, signed in May last year, runs to 2016.

Queen’s Park Rangers are also said to be interested in the player, who has scored 27 goals in 137 appearances for Derby since he was signed from Kilmarnock by former Rams manager Nigel Clough three years ago.

The undisclosed fee at the time was believed to be around £350,000, rising to £450,000.

It has been suggested that Derby want £2 million for Bryson, but I understand the club has not put a price tag on the head of the 27-year-old, who hit 16 goals last season as the Rams reached the Championship play-off final.

Meanwhile, Burnley have finalised a deal to sign Bolton Wanderers’ striker Marvin Sordell.

Bolton, it is reported, need to free up funds in order to press on with their interest in Middlesbrough’s former Everton striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, who is also a Derby target.

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