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The Clarets Ins & Outs Update

The Clarets Ins & Outs Update

Brian Laws has made it plain he wants all his new signings on board within the next three weeks ahead of the Singapore tour.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph he said:

"Even though I have been away, I have been making contact with agents and players.

"There has been good progress made while I have been away.

"Progress is being made and we feel very confident that we will achieve those targets.

"I am talking to agents and we are hoping to start to see some good signings come in over the next week or so.

"We have identified a few targets where we want to strengthen and we are hoping to progress that rapidly before we get back to pre-season on July 1.

"I certainly want to complete all our signings before we travel to Singapore on the 17th.'

But what is the current status of both new players potentially coming and those likely to leave?

First of all Laws has not given up on Robbie Blake who was understood to be discussing a potential two year deal with SPL club, Hearts this week.

Blake turned down a new offer from Burnley this summer preferring a straight two year deal rather than a one year deal with the option to extend a year subject to performance and appearances.

Clarets fans would be delighted if Laws and Blake could somehow agree a deal at this late stage and Laws has certinly left the offer open.

'We want Robbie at Burnley Football Club.He is a crowd favourite. I don't think he will get that anywhere else and we know what he can give us, said Laws

'At the moment,it's a bit of a stalemate but there is still plenty of time and we will give him that time'

Another former Claret in the news recently is last season's loan from Portsmouth, striker David Nugent. New boss at Pompey and former Clarets gaffer, Steve Cotterill has not ruled out tempting David Nugent to stay at Fratton Park despite the fact he is keen to realise his ambitions in the Premier League.

Cotterill said:

'I need to sit down with David and see what he wants to do.

'He is a good footballer, he can score goals at Championship level and I am not going to forget him or write him off.'

It is understood they will be in talks this week to see if anything can be agreed but it does raise the question whether Burnley could or should enter the race to sign him too if he could be tempted to stay in the Championship. What could Portsmouth possibly offer that Burnley could not and surely our chances of promotion would be greater than Pompey's?

A Clarets offer of about £1.5 million for 25-year-old midfielder and former loan Peter Whittingham was turned down by Cardiff City and it would appear that we now face competition from Nottingham Forest who we play against in the season openner at Turf Moor.

Cardiff value Whittingham at £3m but Forest are believed to be ready to test the water with a bid approaching £2m.

The one player who looks closest to signing is Billy Sharp from Sheffield United with local media reports suggesting he could become our third new signing of the summer sometime this week.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday June 23 2010
Time: 10:04AM


Could be a busy time for VB in next three weeks (I very much hope!!)
23/06/2010 10:23:00
Really don't know what to think at this moment in time, if we believe the offers so far i.e. whittingham and driver fall well short of what there clubs are looking for so are we really interested in these players. As for sharp is this player going to improve the side?, Laws needs to start looking to sign quality players if we are looking to get promotion and have a good chance of stopping in the Prem.
23/06/2010 10:54:00
We need to offer Cardiff that £3 million, and blow Forest out. There are never guarantees when a player changes clubs, but if he's half as sharp as he's been for Cardiff, then he'll be our top signing as far as I'm concened. A class act, and one hell of a coup if we get him. Sign that contract Robbie.
23/06/2010 23:30:00
u lot after lee grant again
24/06/2010 13:51:00
Thought we had given up on Grant and were now after Newcastle keeper,Fraser Forster?
24/06/2010 16:18:00
Maybe we should go after the Kiwi international keeper?
Couch Potato
24/06/2010 17:12:00
well its on owls vital that we are trying to keep from you
24/06/2010 18:11:00
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant's agent has denied reports that he is set to sign for Burnley. (Sky Sports-25/6/10) So who knows?
25/06/2010 12:41:00
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