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Rumour Mill-Damien? Will it be a Double Duff?

It is being reported in the Irish media today that Aston Villa boss Martin O`Neill is willing to give Newcastle`s Damien Duff a chance to resurrect his career at Villa Park.

But might not the Republic of Ireland International following Newcastle's relegation prefer to join another Claret & Blue side in the Premier League? A club that will guarantee a more regular place in the starting eleven? Could we be about to see two Duffos in the Clarets squad with Michael playing alongside his namesake?

Burnley along with fellow newly promoted Wolves, are by all accounts also enquiring about the 30 year-old. His age though does suggest it would go against the recent target announced by Operations Director, Brendan Flood. He is on record as saying recently that players aged 20-24 would more suit the bill as the Clarets prepare for their first ever season in the Premier League and their first in the top flight for 33 years:

'It will be early July before anything properly starts to happen. But the identity of the players we`re after is younger; probably the 20-24-year-old bracket.'

There is no doubt though that someone with Duff's experience of the Premier League could be invaluable although the Clarets fans might have something to say about employing a former Blackburn Rovers player!

The former Blackburn and Chelsea winger moved to Newcastle United in July 2006 for £5 million after signing a 5 year contract.

However will he be happy plying his trade in the Championship with Newscastle if an opportunity in the top flight comes along?

Duff confirmed his intention to stay at the club and help them back into the Premier League just after the Toons were relegated but would he seriously turn down the chance to play in the top flight again? He does too need to keep in the limelight at his age with the potential for the Republic of Ireland to play in the World Cup Finals next summer.

A report in the Evening Herald states that Duff may not be keen on going to the highest bidder and may opt to take his talents abroad with Italy and Spain specifically mentioned.

So anything can happen and it looks like on this occasion we should take the link to the Clarets with a pinch of salt! What do you think?




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 10 2009

Time: 11:01PM

Your Comments

Something doesnt quite seem right about this link although if he's good enough for Villa he must surely be good enough for us?
turfmanphil
i dont see him as being good enough for us really, would either be a brilliant or awful signing for you guys, and i cant make up my mind which one it would be lol.
willowavfc
you lot should try n get craigy gardner on loan. he would be great for you, aswell as give him some much needed eperience at top level lol. id go for nicky butt aswell if i were you, maybe aliadiere from boro.? you need affordable players with pl expierience to stay up. nolan perhaps.? chimbonda.? loan deal for tom huddleston.? i should be your manager id keep ya up lol. bring back pedro mendes.? chris brunt.? loan cadiedo from city/ maybe even vassell for experience.? what you lads thinkin lol.? am i gunna get the job.? lmao, maybe as a scout, or transfer target drawer upper aha, alan smith if its possible and not too expensive aswell maybe.?
willowavfc
and the new manager of burnley is.......... sam willetts (willowavfc) lol
willowavfc
It would appear Ronaldo has spurned the chance to play at the Turf and is seeking the sun.....lol He could be back 2010/2011 with Real Madrid who I dreamt only last night we got in the Champions League that year.........Having of course qualified in our first year in the PL using just 14 players...... Rotation who needs it!!!!!!!!!!!! Dreams are made of this......
VinRogue
Thanks willowavfc, but no thanks for the most part. I hope we don't sign a bunch who have the wrong sort of prem experience and/or have got used to wages that we won't pay. Sign 'em young, play fast, que sera. It worked well in the Carling last season! Any3way, I see we won't be signing Ronaldo, nor seeing him on the Turf, now BBC reckon he's off to Madrid for £80m. I can only think that the prospect of having to use our notoriously basic changing rooms scared him off. How long till a big club like Madrid or LiIverpool goes belly up with astronomic debt? There seem to be rich folk still willing to blow up the football bubble. But forever?
Couch Potato
Vinners... you beat me on that one by a few seconds. You have to be fast in the Prem, I guess!
Couch Potato
Hmmm i am in two minds about Duff at 30 and would be on big wages against what has been said or Prem exp with still a few good years in him?i think i would be convinced if we got him then he scored an hat-trick against rovers ;-)
8clarets8
No thanks to DD - he isn't a patch on the player he was - would rather get youngsters in who can get better than oldies who have peaked.
BarnseyWTBM
Yep,must be far better fish in the sea if we can afford them. Thought Flood was being a bit negative today but I guess it will be put down to Prudence again! Can women play footy? BRENDAN Flood says Burnley will not pay large fees for players just because they are in the Premier League. Reports have already connected the Clarets with a £6m offer for Reading striker Kevin Doyle, who is also being linked with Everton, but have denied that they have made any such bid. And Flood, who is the club’s operational director, is wary of the dangers of making expensive mistakes in the transfer market - purely because they feel they have to spend to compete in the top flight. “In an interview, Peter Coates (the Stoke chairman) said he felt they’d made a number of mistakes last season, like signing (Dave) Kitson for £5million,” said Flood. “We’ve got to be careful not to make mistakes. I think you can get caught up in the noise of the Premier League and having to spend loads of money.”
turfmanphil
Burnley have denied speculation linking them to Newcastle winger Damien Duff. (Lancashire Telegraph)
turfmanphil
Duff’s long-term advisor Pat Devlin, whose connections with Kenny Dalglish led to him bringing the winger to Blackburn from Ireland as a youngster, insists there is no truth in the reports of interest from Burnley or any other club. “No, he’s still under contract at Newcastle and that would be his first port of call,” said Devlin. “I think someone’s winding up the Burnley fans because he’s a Blackburn fella!”
turfmanphil
Wouldn't want a b@st@rds cast off anyway, and I don't think he would fit into Owen's ethos.
sheclaret
I could never see us paying his wages far too high.
ruane
'want a b@st@rds cast off anyway' - that seems a little odd. If they can do a job for Burnley - They can fo the job. Regardless of whether thay have played at Ewood or not.
Claretdale
 

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