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Brian Laws has previously mentioned he would be willing to loan out some of his fringe players by the close of the January Transfer Window. The window shuts tomorrow at 5pm (Monday 1st February)

Brian Easton has already returned to his former club, Hamilton Academicals on loan until the end of the season but would Laws consider Robbie Blake and Steven Thompson to be fringe players?

Those are two players linked in the Sunday papers today with a possible move away from Turf Moor.

Robbie Blake was a rumoured target of new Preston gaffer, Darren Ferguson last week but the club denied any official approach. Now it is the turn of Barnsley to be linked to the Burnley legend.

The People believes Barnsley boss Mark Robins wants to snap up Robbie Blake from Burnley from under the noses of Preston and could be prepared to make a cash offer before the window closes.

Preston where thought to be considering a loan move with a view to a possible permanent deal in the summer.

Blake has been out of favour in recent times and his form has not been to his normal standards of late. Nevertheless, Brian Laws showed faith in him against Chelsea at Turf Moor on Saturday by naming him in the starting eleven so it remains to be seen whether the popular Clarets player would be allowed to leave.

Striker, Steven Thompson has also struggled to get a regular place in the side this season although has been a regular player on the bench and made a number of appearances as a substitute. He would hardly be classed a fringe player and seems to be in Brian Laws plans for the future.

He has however today been linked with a loan move to QPR.

There are no further reports today of any of our other players potentially leaving the club in the January window but it still could be an hectic day for Laws tomorrow.

He may still be considering further loans out for some of our fringe players and the club are still looking to sort out loan deals for David Nugent and Jack Cork.

Despite rumours yesterday that Chelsea midfielder, Jack Cork had already finalised a loan move thare has been no official announcement but it is expected that the deal will be completed by 5 pm tomorrow.

The saga of David Nugent and whether or not he will be still be at Turf Moor for the rest of the season looks set to continue.

Sky Sports reported on Friday that the striker had returned to Fratton Park and was currently training with his Pompey team mates and this has since been confirmed by the Official Site. Nugent's loan spell may now officially be over but although he is available to play for Portsmouth again he was not named in the eighteen to face Manchester City at Eastlands today. This may be a good sign and suggest Nugent does not feature in their plans for the rest of the season.

Despite the situation at Portsmouth, Laws has not given up hope of still signing Nugent on loan for the rest of the season and Burnley FC are still in protracted discussions with the struggling Hampshire club.

Laws is keen to complete the signing of a midfielder and at least one stiker by the close of the window tomorrow and appears to have other players in mind if a deal can't be agreed over Nugent.

'While everyone is sleeping at night I am on the phone and one agent even rang me at 1.30am in the morning, said Laws

'I wasn't too pleased, but if it bears fruit I'll live with that!

'It's been a short period to get organised and strengthen the team, but I am hoping for positive news on Monday.

'Hopefully we can conclude a deal for Nugent and if we can't, it will be another striker - and maybe somebody else.'


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 31 2010

Time: 2:54PM

Your Comments

I would hope we kept both Blake & Thompson until end of season although former is struggling at moment and had another poor night against Chelsea yesterday despite making the starting eleven
turfmanphil
In a way, I wouldnt be surprised to see either of them leave. Thompson especially, who i do like, will surely struggle to get in the 18 if, as expected, we sign another striker tomorrow.
Claretdale
I would like us to take the commitment and passion that we displayed last night into future games - I thought that our defending was the strongest that I've seen for a while. Still concerned about fire power up front - still feel that we need a proven goal scorer rather than bit part people.
heathfieldclaret
SSN is reporting that we are in talks with Sunderland over Mears - That would be another big blow!
claretdale
If we sign Tudgay & get this young lad Cork from Chelsea i will be happy for Nugent to stay at Portsmouth, Robbie blake to stay, Steven thompson needs to play so let him go , I like thompson but not a premmiership player.
Albmaleaf claret
If we loose Robbie Blake, we loose a big part of the creativity in this side.
WelshClaret
Agree with Welsh and Albma, I'd hate to see Blake go, and as much as I like Thomo I don't think he is a PL player.
sheclaret
 

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