Date:Monday January 4 2010
Sandy Stewart has been speaking over the weekend about Jack Wilshere, the Arsenal midfielder who made up 18 on New Years Day.
Wilshere has been a target for the Clarets for some weeks and with the January transfer window now open, it had been hoped to bring the young gun to Turf Moor on a loan to the end of the season.
Arsene Wenger appeared to be willing to release the player providing he was given the opportunity to play on a regular basis in the Premier League.
The whole situation though has now got complicated for three reasons:
1. Injuries to Fabregas and Denilson at Arsenal put the deal on hold for a couple of weeks with Wenger believing he may have to call on Wilshere in their absence.
2. West Ham have now entered the battle to sign him on loan and it is felt Wilshere could prefer to stay in the London area rather than uproot himself away from his family by moving up North.
It was interesting that Wilshere was in the starting eleven for Arsenal's FA Cup third round game against West Ham at the Boleyn Ground yesterday, a match the Gunners eventually won 2-1. He was though substiuted in the second half.
3. Arsene Wenger was thought keen to release Wilshere to Burnley because he liked the style of play adopted by the Clarets under Owen Coyle. With Coyle's future at the club now under a big, black cloud the question on everybody's lips is will Wenger still be happy for him to come to Turf Moor if Coyle leaves?
The Clarets still seem keen to bring him to Burnley whether Coyle leaves or not.
Assistant manager, Sandy Stewart speaking over the weekend in Coyle's absence said:
'Jack Wilshere is a player we have earmarked as one who would do very well for Burnley.We like his style of football and believe that he would blend into our system.There has been dialogue between ourselves and Arsenal but, as I understand it, there are a couple of other interested parties so we will just have to wait and see.'
Sealing this deal should Coyle leave to become manager at Bolton would go someway to cheering Clarets fans up in what so far is fast becoming a terrible New Year.
Date:Monday January 4 2010
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