Clarets set for striker swoop

13 June 2007 12:12
Burnley have agreed to sign Besart Berisha from German Bundesliga club Hamburg, subject to the Albania striker receiving a work permit. Clarets boss Steve Cotterill watched the 21-year-old frontman in action for Albania against England 'B' at Turf Moor last month. Berisha netted his first international goal in the 3-1 defeat and his display persuaded Cotterill to pay Hamburg £340,000 to acquire his services. "Over the weekend I flew to Berlin to meet Besart, his agent and club representatives. We have sorted out a deal for £340,000, subject to us getting Besart's registration," he told the club's official website. "What we will have to do now is go to a work permit panel. We have put our application in and are now just waiting for a date to be finalised. "I met with some solicitors yesterday, guys who are very up to date with procedures for work permits and they think we have a very good case." Besart, who has scored in the Champions League for Hamburg, has agreed a three-year deal at Turf Moor. "There were two other clubs in Germany interested who offered more money but he wanted to come to Burnley and England," continued Cotterill. "According to his agent there were also two other English clubs keen on him but we were the first to move."

Source: ESA