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It looks like a quiet Sunday today regarding speculation of transfers in or out of Burnley FC.

Darren Ferguson, the new manager at Preston North End is thought to be keeping an eye out for developments surrounding Robbie Blake. It would appear he might be keen to bring the Burnley icon to Deepdale either on loan or via a possible 'cut price' permanent deal.

Blake has struggled to get a starting place recently and has only made a few cameo appearances in the last few games coming on late from the bench.

He is now 33 and is understood to want his contract renewed. Brian Laws will have some tough decsions to make with ten of his regular squad out of contract in the summer including Robbie Blake.

Most Clarets fans will be sorry to see Blake leave the club for the second time and not many would be able to stomach the thought of him playing for local rivals, Preston so let's hope we can retain his services for at least one more season.

Vital Burnley were the first Clarets website to report a renewed interest in Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay this week and this weekend they are further links. Owen Coyle was after the striker in the summer but Brian Laws who was then Wednesday manager and the Owls board were angered by the approach we made with the player about to sign a new contract with the Owls. They descibed the move as unsettling and the whole affair caused friction between the two clubs.

In the end, Tudgay opted to stay with Wednesday and signed a new contract. Sheffield Wednesday though have struggled for most of the season and they decided to sack Laws last month with the club in the relegation zone.

New manager, Alan Irvine though appears to be turning things round with the Hillsborough club having won their last three games and now steadily climbing up the table. They are now fifth from bottom and on a good run.

Tudgay himself was finding it difficult to score this season but now seems to have found his touch again scoring a brace in yesterday's 2-1 win at home against Peterborough.

If his former boss is now interested in bringing his former striker to Turf Moor, it will be interesting to see if this time Tudgay takes the opportunity to sign and play in the top flight.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 24 2010

Time: 11:54AM

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Mixed feelings about Blake, he cant last forever but I think he has at least one more season left in him as a squad/impact player. This would be particularly so if god forbid we are back in the Championship next season. Would hate to see him line up against us in a Preston shirt!
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24/01/2010 11:59:00

Agree with you there , he's got to be good for another season at least. On his day he's as good as Gascoine was. All hail the King.
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24/01/2010 13:23:00

Think Robbie is one of those players who, when he finally hangs up his red pants, we'll look back on and realise how good he was. Can be infuriating on a bad day but fantastic when he is on form. Funnily enough I think he could have made a difference yesterday but he was only given five minutes at the end which was never going to be enough.
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24/01/2010 13:28:00

I don't know with Robbie, i do think he wants to finish his carrer with us. The Burnley fans love him, we sing his name even when he's not playing. So I hope they sign him for one more season.
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24/01/2010 14:03:00

I can't understand why he's not playing Robbie until the last few minutes. He still our most creative player and can score goals too. Coyle and now Laws seem to play Elliot for every minute, even though he gives the ball away a lot. At least start with Robbie and substitue him later if needed.
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24/01/2010 14:49:00

Keep him for one more season.
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24/01/2010 15:35:00

Tudgay, Blake, together would create problems for all defences in the premiership.
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24/01/2010 18:33:00

Yea gotta sign Blakey for another year. I Like that partnership Albma.
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24/01/2010 18:46:00

We need Robbie blake, Tudgay & martin petterson. so that two of them each game can play along side a good Centre forward who can finish and put the ball in the net Nimani could be that man. Ime not a David Nugent fan i think Steven fletcher is a far better all round Footballer. We need a good holding midfielder chris commons? and a good left back and a good experienced centre half with speed, Robbie blake would flourish for another couple of years if tihs happened
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24/01/2010 20:49:00

Kris Commons is not a holding midfield player. Alexander is.
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24/01/2010 22:21:00

If Preston do take Blake they should be made to pay at least 250,000 + a few little add ons games played another 250,000 if the get promoted that sort of thing.
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25/01/2010 12:45:00

Blake has the necessary experience to dismantle the defence . Tudgay may shine in the shirt of the clarets . Why lose time ?
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