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Howe Admits To Two Unnamed Transfer Targets

With just a week to go of this year's January transfer window, it has been a quiet time for Burnley FC.

No new players have yet been brought into the club but in addition no players have left Turf Moor.

There have been obvious reasons for this following the sacking of Brian Laws last month, the time taken searching for a new manager and the appointment only last Sunday of new manager,Eddie Howe.

Howe has had little time to assess his new squad in a hectic week for the new gaffer but he does appear to be willing to strengthen in certain areas before the shutters finally come down on the January window.

Speaking after our live televised game against Scunthorpe at Glanford Park yesterday he told Sky Sports he had a couple of unnamed targets in mind but of course would not reveal their names.

When pushed to answer whether Charlie Austin, the Swindon striker was on his wish list, after a pause to think how to answer, he simply said 'no comment'

So who else could he have in mind?

We have been linked with Everton's James Vaughan (along with Celtic) but Howe has hinted that there has been no approach for the striker. In any case a FIFA technicality appears to have come to light that would prevent such a move.

He cannot play for 3 clubs this season so the only club he can be sold to is Palace.

Bournemouth have issued an hands-off warning fearful that their former gaffer could raid Dean Court and take some of their players to Turf Moor.

That has not stopped speculation though and we have been linked with a number of their players, most predominantly attacking midfielder and former Claret,Marc Pugh.

Goalkeeper Shwan Jalal, centre-back Jason Pearce and pacy winger Liam Feeney though could also be targets for Howe.

Could be an interesting week for all Clarets fans

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 23 2011

Time: 8:02AM

Your Comments

I think it is clear we need to freshen up despite the Club saying whenever they can we have a strong enough squad. Eddie Howe has been saying the same recently. In theory we do have a strong squad but only if Howe can get them to play like they should be.
turfmanphil
After the game had finished at scunny think its clear to EH and JT and to the fans this squad is not good enough we need to sort the midfield and the attack problems. A creative midfielder must be top of the list and another speedy forward must also be on Eddie's wish list, the likes of Wallace Marney and Elliott are not good enough to run the midfield. Kilby must now back his new manager with the funds to get some new players.
Fedupclaret
I thought Elliott had a cracking game considering the state of the pitch, and Marney just needs to practice his finishing , which has been woeful on more than one occasion . I'm sure Eddie Howe will bring in a forward/attacking midfielder as well as a defender. He's already stated that he's identified certain areas that need bolstering and new blood can only improve the competitiveness in what is already a good squad. As tmp says, all it takes is for Eddie to get them playing, as he did in the second half.
WelshClaret
What we need is: a speedy centre half, a defensive midfielder, a left winger and a striker with pace and height: as I said a while back. These are our priorities: if we got 2 or 3 of the 4, I'd be quite happy. Hopefully, we will sort all these areas out before the start of 2011-12!
whentheballmoves
Welsh not saying Elliott played bad he's not a midfielder he needs to be on the wing supplying the front players, quality midfield players a must and like wtbm a pacey striker with height. Think we have enought defenders to get us threw till the end of the season they just need a bit if organisation to work as a unit.
Fedupclaret
The Charlie Austin rumour won't go away and I must admit when asked about it by Sky, Howe looked a little unsure how to answer! Does 'no comment',with a long pause to say it=yes,I am in for him? You decide
turfmanphil
It was coming to something when the main talking points were a well worked corner and an out swung Duffy leg? the game was woeful absolutely woeful of all the games Sky could have picked why that one? the pitch was a shocker ...... please don't bounce back and say we cant blame the pitch, we can its the worst I have seen in the championship, having said all that, if you a team looking for promotion then I am sure we all agree you have to go to Scunny and collect 3 points, in the absence of that you have to ask the kind of questions going on right now on this message board, there is almost a unanimous body of thought that our midfield and our attacking options are miserable at the moment, we have to bring in two or three players to bolster the squad they need to be loans then Eddie has a chance to review his squad over a longer period of time, its unfair to think after a week he can have a true picture of what's required, I'm in agreement with Turf man, but I'm quite relaxed about it, so many games in a short space of time is good for Eddie, he will see quickly what's needed and the players will adapt to a new manager quickly when he has headed up 5 or 6 games. He's a smart guy he might miss the transfer window but so what ? we can take loans throughout the season and that's exactly what we should be doing in this transitional period !
hollinsclaret
The no comment answer was definatley a veiled yes I'm looking at Charlie Austin. I'd like Austin I do think we need another option up front with Pato injured. The pitch was a bog and we couldn't get our passing game going, which looked to be a big problem for us. Hopefully we can win on Tues and see what happens.
skutter169
My only fear is that we could still lose players in the transfer window making new players coming in even more crucial if we are to still maintain any hope of reaching the play-offs. For the life of me,I don't understand why we haven't made Cork's move permanent yet [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
WelshClaret "As tmp says, all it takes is for Eddie to get them playing, as he did in the second half." That's not good enough - to play well isn't going to get us a win!
Mike Mada
Well playing for 90 minutes like we did for the last 45 against 'The Iron' might give us a better chance. So many games this season, we have been terrible in the first half and had to come from behind often failing to do so
turfmanphil
By the way some reports suggest that we might offload Iwelumo to pay for Austin. Crass if we do that. We should be adding to the squad not letting one go just to bring in a replacement, especially saying goodbye to one that is our leading goal scorer. Can't seriously believe either we cant afford Austin after a season in the Prem.
turfmanphil
Anyone else think it slightly odd that on a known gluepot Howe picked all of Eagles, Wallace and Elliott. They played together well at Reading, even though we lost. But might the slightly more robust Alexander and Big Kev have made more sense on that pitch, given that everyone was being given an even chance? I am sad, but relieved to hear Thommo has an injury, as he'd have been more effective in those conditions than Jay Rod or Iwelumo. My concusion is that if Howe had been in charge for a bit longer, he would not have picked the same team. I also note that if he's wnated more shooting from midfield, Big Kev arguably has the best shot in the squad from range. What do I know?
Couch Potato
I do think it is time to see if Big Kev has come back refreshed and is raring to go. Do hope he gets at least a run out in the FA Cup so we can compare notes under the new manager vs Laws. Maybe he will settle down now with Laws out the way and Howe starting with a clean slate? Ball in his court
turfmanphil
 

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