Stags reject Burnley bid for O’Neill

MANSFIELD Town today rejected a bid from Championship club Burnley for full back Luke O’Neill.

The Clarets are the first club to come forward with a concrete offer for the player after recent press reports have linked the ex-Leicester City trainee with a move to a handful of Championship clubs.

Manager Paul Cox told this afternoon: “The offer has been turned down as it is well below our valuation of the player.

“We have also had enquiries from another Championship club.

“We are in the process of putting together a squad which will improve on our position of third place from last season - to do that we will aim to keep our best players.

“As a manager, I would never want to stand in the way of a young player’s progression, but I have to do what is in the best interests of this football club.

“I expect more offers to come in for Luke and if the right offer comes along, we will not stand in his way.”

The 20-year-old swept up three awards at last Friday’s End of Season Dinner following a highly impressive debut season at the One Call Stadium.