20 Jan 2015

Chinese club reportedly keen on Burns

11:32 am on 20 January 2015

The Wellington Phoenix are refusing to comment on reports in Australia that a Chinese football club is chasing in-form striker Nathan Burns.

Nathan Burns

Nathan Burns Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Daily Telegraph has reported that Shanghai Shenhua have offered Burns an annual net salary of around $2.5 million.

Shanghai had agreed a fee for Socceroos striker Tomi Juric before he changed his mind and pulled out of the deal, and the Chinese side are said to be prepared to offer a significant sum to the Phoenix to secure Burns's release before the A-League transfer window closes in early February.

But a spokesperson for the Phoenix would not say if the Chinese club has made the offer.

Burns only joined the club in the off-season but is the league's leading scorer with 10 goals, earning him a late entry to the Socceroos squad for the Asian Cup.

The Telegraph says Burns is understood to have told his team-mates that he wanted to take the deal to secure himself financially, putting him on a collision course with the Phoenix if they refuse to budge.

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