Date:Saturday July 10 2010
It had been thought this week we might have brought in our fourth signing of the summer but at the time of writing this article (Saturday morning) no announcements had been made.
The signing was widely expected to be a new keeper and the bars in Burnley were buzzing to the possibility that Preston keeper, Andy Lonergan could be about to swop shirts and become a Clarets player. The speculation was fuelled by an article in the local Burnley Express but they could have been wide of the mark.
It is thought now that the keeper we have in mind is still Newcastle's Fraser Forster. We have of course previously been linked with the 22 year old keeper but it had been thought that Norwich City could beat the Clarets to his signature leading to his return to Carrow Road where he had a successful season out on loan during 2009/10.
However Canaries gaffer, Paul Lambert said this week that he had tried everything in his attempt to sign Forster but had failed.
Accepting defeat he has now signed Everton's John Ruddy instead opening up the possibility that Forster could now be on his way to Turf Moor. A deal though would be on the basis of a season-log loan not a permanent one.
Coventry manager Aidy Boothroyd has dismissed speculation this week linking 21 year old Icelandic international midfielder, Aron Gunnarsson with a move to Turf Moor
He told the Coventry Telegraph: 'We have had no calls from anyone. I don't even know who Aron's agent is and no-one has spoken to me about him.'
One player the Clarets look certain to lose is right back Tyrone Mears. He was linked with a swop in midweek with Wigan Athletic, a move that would see striker, Jason Scotland come the other way as part of the deal. Nothing seems to have developed on that front but with Mears making it clear he wants a move away to further his Premier League ambitions it looks increasingly difficult for Laws to be able to hold on to his key defender. Owen Coyle is also alleged to be watching developments and could be about to pounce and bring his former player to the Reebok.
Meanwhile Skysports.com reported this week that both Wigan and West Ham were interested in signing Clarets midfielder and central defender, Andre Bikey. The fact Bikey is equally adept in defence as well as midfield makes him an attractive proposition to both Avram Grant and Roberto Martinez.
So yet another quiet and frustrating week for Clarets fans on the transfer front with no new signings and rumours floating around that our squad could be further depleted.
Date:Saturday July 10 2010
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