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The Go`s and No Go`s as the January Window Closes!

The Clarets finished up signing just two players in this month`s January transfer window. First striker, Charlie Austin from Swindon arrived last week and it looks like Bournemouth midfielder, Marvin Bartley will also be on his way after the clubs agreed a fee late last night on the last day of the transfer window which closed at 11pm.

So that`s the 'Ins` sorted, what about the 'Outs`?

Well the good news is we appear to have held onto all our players but have allowed two more players to go out on loan.

Preston sounded at one point to be plotting a Burnley 'B` team. Having already secured Leon Cort on an extended loan they were rumoured to be also interested in Michael Duff and were strongly linked with Chris Iwelumo. Indeed a deal fell through in the end when Preston could not accommodate his wage demands without smashing their salary cap.

North End Chairman, Maurice Lindsay conceded to the Evening Post:

'A few have gone against us, we've been unlucky with a couple, but that is the way things go sometimes.

'Before the weekend we tried to get Iwelumo from Burnley. We agreed a transfer fee but his wages would have smashed our wage bill to pieces.

'Phil (Brown) liked Iwelumo a lot, but he understands that the club got into difficulties because it was paying wages beyond its means.

'We were looking to sign both him and Leon Clarke to give Phil a strong hand when it came to strikers.'

News then broke on Sky Sports that two other unnamed clubs were after the Big Scot`s services but in the end neither appear to have been successful so it looks like our leading goal scorer will be staying at Turf Moor unless a loan deal is on the cards.

The most fearful news for Clarets fans over the transfer window came when Everton were strongly linked with a £4 million move for Chris Eagles. Burnley denied an approach had been made but the media hype continued to suggest otherwise.

As late as yesterday afternoon, Eddie Howe said:

'The rumour doesn't go away but we've had no direct contact with anybody. It keeps resurfacing day after day, I'm not sure why.

'We don't want to welcome any offers for him. We want to keep him and hopefully we can.

'We don't want to lose him and hopefully the day will pass without him going anywhere.'

It looks like we were successful and Eagles remains a Claret at least for the remainder of this season but Everton are expected to be back in for him in the summer, especially if we don`t get promoted.

We also managed to hold onto Tyrone Mears despite a suggestion at one point that Portsmouth gaffer and former Clarets manager, Steve Cotterill may have been interested in bringing the right back to Fratton Park.

One player though who we won`t be seeing playing for the Clarets anymore this season is defender, David Edgar. Swansea City have signed him on loan for the rest of the season, subject to Football League clearance.

This will be Edgar`s second spell at the Liberty Stadium having been on loan last season where he notched up five games even managing to score a goal!

Young centre back, Kevin Long has also gone back out on loan returning to Accrington Stanley after recovering from injury.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 1 2011

Time: 8:22AM

Your Comments

Have we done enough in the January window? Comment below and vote in the Poll being put up later today
turfmanphil
Absolutely. It's a bad time to buy in January - better to let Eddie have a look at our squad properly and buy in the summer if needed. Look at Laws, he got Cort and others who were no better than what we had. I think our squad is strong it just needed a manager to play the right system and to motivate the players and Eddie will do that. As I said before he has obviously identified speed as a requirement - apparently Bartley is one of the fastest players in football.
ozjean
Hope we hold onto David Edgar even though he has gone on loan again. He can only play in the middle of the back and on the only two occasions he has been allowed to play there he acquitted himself very well - against Everton and Man Utd away I think. No-one asked Gary Cahill to play full back or in mid field. I would have thought we needed a young fit centre half available to back up the old war horses - Duff and Carlisle and the enigmatic Bikey. Still I suppose he could always be recalled if needed.
claret82
Yes, I think so. We've managed to come through unscathed with regard to loosing Eagles and anyone else. And as Ozjean says, Eddie Howe will assess the squad and decide where he wants to strengthen, as and when. If he can continue to get our current squad to play as they can, and to keep getting the results then we're doing ok. It's going to be interesting to see how his new signings Austin and Bartley fit in, and I think they'll impress.
WelshClaret
I am just glad that Eagles hasn't flown the nest. Agree with Claret82 hope we can keep hold of Edgar and hopefully can be recalled if necessary.
sheclaret
My only disappointment is that we have still not got Jack Cork permanently.
cornwallclaret
Agree Cornwall - we all thought that deal had been 'Dunne and Distin' but maybe it will be in the summer. I'm reasonably happy with Austin and Bartley even though I haven't seen either of them play in the flesh yet. Still think there will be quite a turnover of players in the close season with one or two of our established number heading for the exit door.
RickersTwickers
 

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