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Rumour Mill-One In,Two Out and One New Home?

If you believe the Sunday tittle-tattle today, the Clarets are interested in Coventry midfielder, Aron Gunnarsson

This is not the first time we have been linked with the 21 year old Icelandic international.

We were reported to be interested in the January window but there were was no firm evidence confirming the speculation.

Laws was understood to have been impressed with Gunnarsson having seen him in action while boss of Sheffield Wednesday.

A transfer fee of £950,000 was even mooted but the player remained at Coventry.

Gunnarsson began his career with local Icelandic side Þór Akureyri in 2005, before moving to Holland after signing for AZ in 2006. He made one full appearance for AZ in the 2007-08 season. He then moved to Coventry City in June 2008.

Gunnarsson currently has 17 Icelandic caps and made his international debut in Iceland's 2-0 friendly defeat against Belarus on 2 February 2008.

Clarets fans will be impressed if we are targeting Gunnarsson and if we sign him, we might have an extra arrow to our bow should we get a throw in! He is rather like Stoke's Rory Delap an expert at long throw ins!!

Would be nice to have him in place when we play Stoke in the pre-season friendly at the Galpharm later this month!

It looks like we face competition though for his signature from (Oh No!) Premier League Bolton and Championship club, Middlesbrough.

Further news today also suggests we could have a difficult time trying to hold on to both Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles.

Mears is understood to have once more made it clear that he wants a move away from Turf Moor with Brian Laws subsequently slapping a £3 million price tag on his head.

Both Bolton and Wigan are understood to be sniffing around.

Bolton's chances of signing Mears could be dependent on cash raised by selling their players, most notably former loan Claret, Gary Cahill. Manchester United have today been reported to be interested in the 24 year old, former Aston Villa defender and could be prepared to fork out £15 million to sign him.

Another player who has made it clear he would have to play in the Premier League to further his career and achieve his ambitions is Chris Eagles. Widely expected to leave Turf Moor, he is still on our books despite speculation that Spurs and Everton were competing for his signature earlier in the summer.

Linked to SPL club, Celtic in midweek today it is reported than Premier League new boys, Blackpool could be interested in bringing Eagles to Bloomfield Rd although Seasiders gaffer, Ian Holloaway would only appear to be seeking a season-long loan.

Eagles still has a year of his contract to run at Burnley but surely since he seems keen on leaving, it would be best to cash in now rather than run the risk of losing him on a Bosman when his contract expires next summer.

Talking of Eagles, one of our former players, released this summer is on George Burley's radar at Crystal Palace.

Palace are in a bit of a financial pickle though and came close recently to liquidation so the new boss at the club will have to tread carefully with limited funds available. He is looking therefore at the free transfer market and he would appear to have identified defender, Stephen Jordan as a potential target.

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Date:Sunday July 4 2010
Time: 10:48AM


Gunnarsson would be a good one to bring in! Long throw expert too so would add to our armoury!
04/07/2010 10:54:00
Long throw yes - but is Gunnarson good enough on the ball? I am not so sure? If we lose Mears for £3m, Ok - Still think Eckersley might prove to be more than an adequate right back for next season.
04/07/2010 11:18:00
Probably good enough at Championship level, Dale. Maybe iffy if we get promoted but let's cross that bridge if and when we get there. Must admit I do hope we sign a bigger name, Peter Whiitingham would be one in midfield, Maynard in attack another. I am beginning to get slightly worried we are failing to sign the big name players despite the money sloshing around. Just hope this is not down to worries about Laws and whether he will stay
04/07/2010 11:30:00
One thing I do like is his age. Which will hopefully see him develop into a better player and increase his value should we need/want to sell him!
04/07/2010 11:36:00
Another player we are being linked to who is a good Championship player i thought we would be buying quality players who might be good enough for the Premiership. Have we not learned from last season? if we got 3 or 4 quality players now and if we get promoted then another 3 or 4 players would that not be the best way to go. The players quoted in the papers like Whittingham and Maynard if we are serious about these players why not offer the money there clubs want instead of offering well below there clubs valuation. Or does tmp have a point reguarding the position of Laws, BFC could have backed Laws has they said they were going to do at the end of last season by giving him the money to go and buy the quality needed to get out of the Championship and stop in the prem.
04/07/2010 12:09:00
Offer the money their club want Fedup? Surely it depends on our valuation and the selling club? We shouldnt just spend the money for the sake of it as this is the quickest way to lose it. If we think a player is worth £1m - We shouldnt pay £2m! I do not think the position of Laws is in question and I think the board are backing him. He is apparently bid nearly £4m on one player, surely that is giving backing?
04/07/2010 12:43:00
Dale as for whittingham his Club want 3m+ according to the papers we offered 1.75m thats a big difference and the 4m was for Driver half of that was addons, what about Fletcher to Wolves we wanted around the 7m mark and we got it so it works both ways.
04/07/2010 13:01:00
The £4m I was thinking of was our bid for Maynard which was about £3.75m I think. Yes I agree their is a big difference. But the selling club is always going to want as much as they can and the buying club will want to pay as little as they can. That is true in all forms of business/life. Just because money is less of an issue than it has been previously, does not mean we should just pay what they want. The big deal of the summer is likely to be Fabregas to Barca. Arsenal want £60m but Barca want to pay more like £30m. This is a massive difference ( although similar in % to Whittingham) - and my guess is that the figure will end up somewhere in between and closer to the £30m mark.
04/07/2010 13:17:00
Dale i understand what you are saying the point i am trying to make is if we want the better players we will have to pay more money if we want the quality, so do we start now or spend 5 or 6m if we get promoted. As for Fabregas i would think it will be nearer 50m he still has a long contract
04/07/2010 13:42:00
Yes fedup I think you are probably right with that one, but money is probably not the only issue. If a player is good enough for the Prem now, would he want to come to a championship club.
04/07/2010 14:06:00
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