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Howe Dampens Rumour Speculation

According to media reports this week Burnley had apparantly expressed an interest in 22 year old Everton striker James Vaughan.

Vaughan has just returned to Goodison Park after spending four months on loan at struggling Championship club, Crystal Palace but Palace's financial plight ensures they would be unable to make a permanent offer for the player who is rated at about 2 million.

Celtic too are understood to be interested but Vaughan is thought to prefer staying in England.

When the link to Burnley first broke on Sky Sports, the inevitable thought was that any deal could involve Chris Eagles going in the opposite direction. Speculation had previously been rife that Everton were looking for a replacement for Steven Pienaar following his transfer to Spurs. Chris Eagles had widely been linked as a possible replacement.

The Sun recently claimed that Eagles could make the move to Goodison in a deal thought to be around 1.5million. Burnley though stated eralier this month on the Official site that they have not received any approach from Everton for the former Manchester United winger.

New Burnley manager Eddie Howe has since told Everton to forget about bidding for Chris Eagles and issued them with a 'hands-off' warning.

It would also appear that Burnley have additionally made no enquiry for Vaughan according to our new gaffer.

'We have been busy behind the scenes but I need to assess the squad first and see where we need to strengthen,' Howe said.

'What I don't want to do is make any rash decisions. I've got to make sure the players we bring in are the right ones. We are still in that phase where we are evaluating people.'

It would also appear therefore that speculation that we are interested in Swindon striker, Charlie Austin could also be wide of the mark.

The link intensified this week after it was rumoured the 21-year-old had handed in a transfer request. BBC Wiltshire understood that such a request had been put in.

The League One side confirmed that they had also received enquiries about Austin from several Championship clubs.Hull City and Millwall have already had bids for the former Poole Town forward turned down in the past six months.

Howe is however particularly believed to be impressed with Austin after the striker spent two months on loan at Bournemouth in the summer of 2009.

The Cherries were unable to sign him permanently due to their transfer embargo but Howe is on record as saying recently whilst at Dean Court:

'We were very keen to sign him and he would have added greatly to the young strikers we had at the time.'

The Daily Mail this week reported that Howe had offered 1.2million to sign Austin for the Clarets.

Just like Vaughan though, it is now debatable if Howe has made any approach for the player since becoming Burnley manager.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 21 2011

Time: 3:09PM

Your Comments

Austin looks impressive to me, was hoping this one at least might have been true. He has scored 31 goals in 52 league games for Swindon. I know we were saying previously defence needs strengthening as a priority first but I don't think at the moment our firepower is clicking much either. Iwelumo struggling it seems
turfmanphil
I agree 100% with Eddie Howe, it would be silly to plunge in for players without his full assessment of what he has got. I still think our squad is good enough to get in the play offs, from there it is a bit of a lottery. So if he sticks with the players he has got, gets that bit extra out of them and builds on that in the summer the future looks bright. Patience and upward progress is needed not rash actions just to appease the moment.
cornwallclaret
Agree cornwall about the transfer window, there always loans to bring in new players after the transfer window has closed. I'm also with tmp regarding Austin got to be a better option than Iwelumo up front.
Fedupclaret
Agree with that. If we lack anything it is a striker with a bit of pace who works the defenders until they have badly twisted socks. Not advocating buying him as finances wouldn't allow but someone in the style of (a fit) Michael Owen would be tremendous.
RickersTwickers
We do have a stiker that has pace and works the defenders until they have badly twisted socks, he also gets in their faces. Unfortunatley Pato seems to have a very niggly injury where it looks like hes going to be better than it gets worse than better. However I think Austin would be a good signing, he's got a good goal ratio and would give the gaffer another option and as he's young has the potential to get better. I've also spoken to an Everton fan, he rates Vauaghan highly but he's injury prone.
skutter169
What kind of player is Austin?
Couch Potato
I didn't press submit once, but submitted twice! I was going to ask whether Austin is more like Pato, or Iwelumo?
Couch Potato
 

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