United valuation not met as Burnley pay for Eckersley

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Burnley must pay Manchester United £500,000 plus add-ons for defender Richard Eckersley after the fee was determined by a Football Association tribunal.

Eckersley joined the Clarets last summer on a four-year deal after rejecting a new contract at Old Trafford, but the two clubs failed to reach an agreement on the value of the 20-year-old.

United were hoping for over £1million for their former trainee - who is yet to start a game in the Barclays Premier League - but Burnley's valuation was significantly lower.

"The outcome is satisfactory," Burnley chief executive Paul Fletcher told the club's official website.

"When the smallest club in the league tries to take on the biggest club in the league you always wonder how it's going to end up.

"But we thank the tribunal for taking a common sense approach to this.

"We have always valued the player around the £300,000 mark until he starts establishing himself in the first-team.

"When Manchester United were asking a million-plus we thought we had to stand up and be counted and that's what we did.

"The tribunal was represented by administrators of the Premier League who have hopefully seen the common sense of the way Burnley tries to run its business with sensible numbers, rather than allowing ourselves to get into financial difficulties further down the line."

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