The report states that the Rams initial offer was for £1.5million, rising to £2million, and their subsequent bids have now pushed the £3 million mark. However, the Lancashire side are standing firm and continue to snub Derby’s advances.
We take a look at two major questions following Burnley’s decision to reject the Rams’ latest bid.
How much is Shackell worth with just one year left on his deal?
£3 million seems like a very fair offer from Derby, but Burnley don’t look any closer to accepting a bid from their Championship promotion rivals than they were when the initial offer went in.
The Rams have already spent a lot of money this summer, and it could just be Burnley pushing them to their spending limit, but the Derby board need to answer the question to just how far they're willing to go to get their man.
Should Derby move on to other targets?
Although Shackell seems like their first choice, it does look increasingly likely that they will have to move on to other targets should Burnley continue to dig their heals in.
Lewis Dunk was linked with a move to the iPro Stadium earlier in the summer, as reported by the Derby Telegraph, and he could be worth a second look if the deal to sign Shackell doesn’t come off.
Either way, it is a saga that looks no closer to ending and could still be on-going when the Championship kicks off on 8th August.