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Rumour Mill- Battling Bolton for Andy Wilkinson?

Sky Sports report today that Burnley are interested in bringing 25-year-old Stoke full back, Andy Wilkinson to Turf Moor but they also suggest he is one of Owen Coyle's targets at Bolton. However both could miss out.

The defender has struggled to get a regular starting place in the Stoke side this season but would appear to still be settled.

Wilkinson told Sky Sports News:

'It is nice to have the speculation, but I am just concentrating on my own game and trying to get my place in the team. I want to play in every single game, but there is good competition so it is always healthy and makes you train harder.'

Wilkinson was born in Stone. Staffordhire and came through Stoke City's youth academy before signing his first professional contract in 2001.

His appearances have been limited over the years for Stoke due to injury and he has had a number of loan spells out to other clubs including Telford United, Partick Thistle, Shrewsbury Town and finally Blackpool in 2006-7.

It had been rumoured he would sign permanently for Blackpool and a bid of 150000 was offered for the player. However, Wilkinson after returning from loan was now having an extended run in the Stoke side so he turned down the offer prefering instead to stay in the Premier League with Stoke City. Since that time he has put in some impressive performances leading to a contract extension.

In July 2009 Wilkinson signed a new 3 year contract keeping him at Stoke City until 2012.

The arrival of Robert Huth though has now restricted his appearances and he is more often or not now named on the bench instead.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 20 2010

Time: 12:24PM

Your Comments

Wilkinson seems a pretty loyal boy and is on record as saying he would like to stay at Stoke City for the rest of his career. I assume because of the Bolton link this was one of Coyle's targets at Burnley
turfmanphil
Coyle is going to be linked with every player we show an interest in.
Grimsby Claret
I would be amazed if we were to sign Wilkinson. We already have Ty - with Rich Eck in reserve and if we get really stuck, Edgar, Duffo or Alexander could do a job. Cant see it myself. But then again, I didnt see why we would sign Rich Eck either!
Claretdale
I deffo think we need to bolster our defence. That area has been our undoing on a few occasions so a strong defender would be a sound move IMO. Especially in Jordan territory. He continues to worry me sometimes with daft mistakes.
Brompton Claret
I heard a rumour, however not from the most reliable source that he was about to put pen to paper this afternoon. Due to the source it is probably way off the mark.
sheclaret
G'Day All, An Aussie clarets fan here, who just happens to reside in Burnley, Melbourne (not the reason I support them, it is due to my old man being born in Burnley UK). Just wanted to drop by and say thank you to those who provide such amazing up-to-date information on the mighty Burnley. Whilst I do get most games over here(usually 2am in the morning) getting other info can be a bit harder to access. Anyhow, I am looking forward to the remainder of the season and have to admit to feeling fairly confident on avoiding the drop. UTC!!!!!
AussieClaret
Good to hear from you AC. Stay in touch.
Couch Potato
Welcome AC and if you want a chat on any topic you can always try our forums on the site
turfmanphil
 

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