Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Gers up bid for Lafferty

Old Firm giants Rangers last night increased their offer for unsettled Burnley striker Kyle Lafferty to £3.5 million.

The Teddy Bears are willing to pay £2.5m in cash for the Northern Ireland hitman and throw in £1m-rated midfielder Alan Gow.

It's the latest significant move by Rangers boss Walter Smith who has been tracking Lafferty for the last six months.

But the offer, which has been improved from £2 million, only matches the bid already submitted by Championship outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers — £2.5 million plus striker Stephen Elliott.

Burnley rejected that transfer request from their Championship rivals last week and are expected to do the same with the new bid from last year's UEFA cup finalists. However if the cash was increased to £3million, it is believed Burnley would be ready to do business. Lafferty has made clear his desire to leave the Lancashire club.

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