Date: 24th June 2007 at 8:37am
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Southampton gaffer George Burley is hopeful he can persuade Chris Baird to remain at SMS.

Burley told the Echo: Chris is a top class professional and I’ve got on very well with him since I got here.

‘He hardly played any games before I arrived and I think he’s responded to my style of management, so working with him won’t be a problem.’

Baird handed in a transfer request 2 weeks ago, after Southampton rejected a �1 million bid for him by Premiership side Fulham.

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