WEDNESDAY today slammed Burnley and revealed that they have rejected a formal offer from the Clarets for Marcus Tudgay.
The Owls, in an official statement, say the written bid is "derisory" and "unwelcome" and they regard it as an "underhand tactic" to unsettle the player.
Wednesday have not revealed the size of the bid but I believe it is the same as the 1.5m verbal offer that they turned down earlier.
The club have also again pointed the finger at agent Darryl Powell.
The Owls say they attach great value to Tudgay and his contribution and want to build a team around players such as him.
They point out that he recently agreed verbally on a new long-term contract and say they believe "this would already have been signed if it were not for the inappropriate actions of Burnley and the player's agent by engineering stories in the media which were clearly designed to create an opportunity to move Marcus at a value that is disrespectful to the player."
Wednesday also say they are under no financial pressure to sell players and would not entertain a bid for any player "if it did not enable the club to enhance the playing squad."
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Chairman Lee Strafford said: "It's disappointing that an agent would act in such a cavalier manner when he is supposed to be protecting the interests of the player and also the right of the club to protect its assets. Sheffield Wednesday will not be taken advantage of in this situation."
Strafford also referred to the 2.5m-plus sale of Chris Brunt to West Brom two years ago: "We recently sold a left winger for a significantly greater amount than is now being offered for one of the best strikers in the Championship and the player was in an identical contractual situation to Marcus, but at that time SWFC was more interested in taking a defensive position as a business. Now we are looking to progress and we are not interested in taking any steps that do not allow us to build on our progression.
"Marcus has stated that he is happy at Wednesday and has a good working relationship with Brian Laws. We would like Burnley to act in a more realistic and respectable manner so that we can get on with preparing for next season.
"We want to go into the future with Marcus and see him fulfil his potential playing in the Premier League with Wednesday, widely regarded as a club that can sustain a position in the top division."
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