Addicks to try again for Gray
Charlton boss Alan Pardew remains hopeful of pushing through a deal for Burnley striker Andy Gray.
Last Updated: 17/01/08 8:49pm
Charlton Athletic boss Alan Pardew remains hopeful of pushing through a deal for Burnley striker Andy Gray.
Burnley have already rejected an offer in the region of £1million for Gray, who scored twice in a 3-1 win at the Valley at the start of December.
But Pardew is likely to test his Championship rivals' resolve to keep the Scotland cap as he looks to find a replacement for the injured Svetoslav Todorov.
"I think Burnley reported that they turned down a bid from us, so I'm not going to deny that," Pardew told Sky Sports News. "I don't really want to discuss what that bid was.
"He's a player I admire and we're hoping we do get a deal done with Burnley, but we'll have to wait and see.
"At home we have lacked a link player. The injury to Todorov has cost us, I think, a position near the very, very top of this league and we need to correct that in this window if we're going to have a sustained challenge."
Burnley manager Owen Coyle, though, remains insistent that the club are under no pressure to accept any offers for Gray.
Coyle said: "We're not under any pressure to sell.
"We have to be level-headed and look from a business point of view, though, because if and when offers come in they may need to be considered seriously.
"At the moment that's not been the case and that's why that bid from Charlton was turned down. Ultimately, everybody has a price, but we don't want to lose any of our players. I see Andy Gray as being an integral part of the team."