Bury head coach Lee Clark has told the Bury Times that they have turned down an offer worth £500K for James Vaughan.

It seemed like Vaughan’s career was on the decline when he signed for the Shakers from Birmingham City, with the striker never making an appearance for the Blues after his loan was made into a permanent deal. However he ended up becoming one of the stars of Sky Bet League One this season, scoring 24 goals in 41 appearances. His most notable performance was when he scored a stunning four goals in a 5-1 win over Peterborough United.

This sort of form has seen several Sky Bet Championship teams become interested in Vaughan as they hope that his time in League One has revitalised his career and that he can carry that form into the division above. But it appears that the interest in Vaughan has become much more than that as some teams, who are currently unknown, made offers of £500K for him. But Bury are keen to keep one of their star players and have rejected the bid.

Clark said of the offer: “We have had two or three offers for James Vaughan but none have been near our valuation,”

“The latest and highest one so far was not a written one, but one over the phone. The bid was in the region of £500,000 but that was nowhere near our valuation.”

“We don’t want to let James go but we know everyone has a price and if a bid comes in that we can’t turn down then we have contingency plans in place.”

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