County fail with Burgess bid
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Palmer made a new bid of £400,000 for the youngster, however the offer fell short of Rovers valuation of the player, who has impressed whilst on loan at Brentford this season.
The 20-year-old has made 43 appearances and scored 17 goals for the Griffin Park side so far this season.
"We have been watching Ben (Burgess) since Christmas and had two bids turned down," said Palmer. "We feel the amount we have offered is a fair price for a player who has only played one season of League football."
Rovers chief executive John Williams has admitted that negotiations have taken place for the starlet, however any potential talks have been put on hold until Brentford's season comes to a close.
"Stockport County have shown a great deal of persistent interest in Ben Burgess," said Williams. "The two clubs did actually discuss figures, but any prospect of a move has been turned down while he is involved with another club."
In response to missing out on the youngster, Palmer signed Macclesfield's talented striker Rickie Lambert for £300,000 last week
Meanwhile, County will not be perusing any further interest in Doncaster Rovers winger Andy Watson after the player failed to impress Palmer.
"I went to see Andy Watson play and he didn't have a very good game," added Palmer. "We won't be signing him for the sort of money Doncaster are asking."
Elsewhere, Palmer is delighted to have agreed a new three-year deal with 19-year-old midfielder Frasier McLachlan, after the youngster impressed at end of the season.
"We have offered him a three-year deal, which he has accepted, and we are currently sorting out the paperwork."
"He has performed well in the last 11 games and was excellent at Norwich in the last game of the season."
Finally, Plamer is hoping to bring Bradford City veteran keeper Mark Prudhoe to the club to take over as the clubs new goalkeeping coach.