Odejayi Latest

Last updated : 21 May 2007 By Rob Miles (barnsley Boy)

Burnley have apparently joined the race to sign Cheltenham Town top scorer Kayode Odejayi.

According to the News of the World yesterday The Reds had bid £300,000 for Odejayi and he was due to have a medical today. Cheltenham have come out and admitted a club have trigged Odejayi's release clause but refuse to disclose which club. Well that might now be Burnley according to the Lancashire Telegraph. Odejayi's agent has revealed he will be talking to the mystery club in the next few days. Whether it's Barnsley, Burnley or somebody else remains to be seen.

Lancashire Telegraph Report:

BURNLEY are believed to be in the hunt for Cheltenham Town hot-shot Kayode Odejayi.

The 25-year-old striker, cousin of Clarets frontman Ade Akinbiyi, is poised to hold transfer talks with a mystery Championship club early this week after being the subject of a six-figure bid.

Sources in Gloucestershire suggest it could be the Turf Moor outfit plotting a swoop on the up-and-coming Robins star, but Burnley have refused to comment on the speculation.

Odejayi has caught plenty of attention after an impressive last season at Whaddon Road, in which his 15 goals proved instrumental in Cheltenham avoiding relegation from League One.

He is tied to the Robins for another year, but the bid has triggered a clause in Odejayi's contract which says it must be accepted by Town, allowing the Nigerian-born forward to speak to the club involved.

Odejayi's agent Darren Long has refused to name the Championship club making the offer, but confirmed that he would be speaking to them during the next few days.

"I would prefer not to name the club, but Kay knows about the bid and will be speaking to the club," said Long.

"But Kayode enjoys playing for Cheltenham and has a lot of respect for the club and especially (manager) John Ward.

"It is very early days with this matter and I do not think anything will happen for a while.

"This has come as a shock to him, and has come completely out of the blue. He is still taking it in at the moment."

Odejayi - who joined Cheltenham from non-league side Forest Green for £5,000 four years ago - has seen his profile rise in the past 18 months.

He has chalked up 28 goals in the past two seasons, compared with six in his first two years at the club.

Long added: "He attracts a lot of attention, and he has come on leaps and bounds in the past 18 months.

"He is a popular lad at Cheltenham and he has had a good season, but he feels he is capable of a lot more."

Championship newcomers Scunthorpe are another side linked with the in-form striker.

But Cheltenham are hoping to persuade him to stay at Whaddon Road, with chairman Paul Baker confirming the offer.

Baker said: "It is a substantial offer, of six figures, and would represent the highest figure Cheltenham have ever received for a player.

"We do not want to accept the offer, but it is such that if Kay really wanted to go we would have little option.

"He has another year on his contract, and we would like the chance to speak to him and try to keep him here."

Clarets boss Steve Cotterill may be looking to boost his striker numbers this summer to add the three currently on the club's books, Akinbiyi, Kyle Lafferty and last year's leading goalscorer Andy Gray.

Paul McVeigh enjoyed a fine loan spell at the end of last season - netting three goals in eight appearances - and he could be on Cotterill's wanted list after being released by Norwich City earlier this month.