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Rumour Mill-Laws Looks to Former Clubs?

It is perhaps ineveitable that the media would link new Burnley gaffer, Brian Laws with an interest in bringing players to Burnley from two of his former clubs, Sheffield Wednesday and Scunthorpe United.

Laws has just a couple of weeks left to strengthen the squad before the January transfer window closes and if the rumours are true he would have an head start going back to the clubs he has previously worked for or attempt to sign players that used to play for him.

In a lot of cases also he will be familiar with the players especially at Sheffield Wednesday and will know which ones might be unsettled and which ones the Owls board and new manager, Alan Irvine might be tempted to release in an effort to ease their financial worries.

Vital Burnley have already reported this week that Wednesday keeper, Lee Grant could be one of Laws targets but media speculation today and during last week suggests we might also be interested in 22 year old left back,Tommy Spurr and 20 year old defender,Mark Beevers.

Scunthorpe United might also be raided by Laws with news that he could be interested in 21 year old striker, Gary Hooper.Hooper though did not play under Laws and arrived at Glanford Park in July 2008 from Southend United

Another player we have been linked with is 23 year old striker,Billy Sharp. Laws will know about the player from his time at Scunthorpe and it is understood he tried several attempts to sign Sharp for Sheffield Wednesday but couldn't afford him.. Sharp is currently in his second spell with Sheffield United but has been out on a season-long loan to Doncaster Rovers after joining them in the summer. He has been prolific since being loaned to Doncaster and has scored 10 goals for them in 17 league starts. It had been thought he would sign permanently for Rovers next summer but he would surely be tempted more to play in the Premier League now if the link is true.The Blades can recall Sharp if they have an acceptable bid for the forward who cost them 2m in July 2007.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 17 2010

Time: 10:28AM

Your Comments

I like the look of Grant and Sharp out of these although Hooper could be a good prospect. Still not overly happy with ouir strike force - not netting enough.
heathfieldclaret
Sharp is an interesting one, he can be prolific or a dud it seems!Sharp has scored 10 goals in 17 league starts for Rovers this season but could he do the same in top flight?
turfmanphil
I don't think he could from what I've seen of him. These are all Championship level players - do we not need to be bringing in a bit of Premier League quality and experience or are we building for next season ?
RickersTwickers
Would probably agree with RT there - but how much would they cost?
Claretdale
Are Scunthorpe becoming our striker feeder club if we gte Hooper? Hopefully Pato should be back and I'd be willing to give him a chance see of he can take some chances.
skutter169
10 in 17 is a good return. I'd be happy with that return from our remaining games. Yes, he is untested in PL, but so were most of our team! How does 10 from 17 compare with our strikers from last year?
heathfieldclaret
Grant and Beevers sound like good players. Unsure about the rest, to be honest. They do smack of CCC players, though.
whentheballmoves
According to Sky Sports today Grant is going through the usual ritual of denying any interest,yeah right-"Everybody wants to the play in the Premier League, but I am very happy at Sheffield Wednesday and showed my commitment to them by signing a new contract recently, which will keep me here for another three years,". Same article also says we are interested in Tudgay again which is the first time I have actually seen the obviois link mentioned on a reputable website
turfmanphil
 

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