If the Cork Pops will it be Champers or Dampeners?
It was reported recently that Chelsea would be prepared to accept £750,000 for Jack Cork and that would certainly be seen as a snip by most Clarets fans so will we sort out a deal?
One former Clarets player and manager, Frank Casper thinks we would be mad not to sign the Chelsea midfielder on a permanent deal.
"Jack Cork`s a class player. He would be a steal at £750,000. I`d snap their hands off," said the 66-year-old.
Cork himself would appear to relish a return to Turf Moor for a third spell but this time on a permanent basis. He said recently:
"I just want to play football really. If someone comes in from above and says you`re going to sit on the bench and maybe play here and there, it`s hard because it`s Premier League football but playing every game is what I want to be doing. At Burnley I`ve been doing that and I`ve really enjoyed it so if I can come back here and help to try to push again for promotion I`m happy to do that,
"A lot of fans have come up to me and said I`ve done well and they understand if I want to move on.
"But I like everyone here, they`ve been good to me and I don`t want to let anyone down.
"I`ve had a good couple of years here and I want to try to help the club push on."
He has also dropped hints he would like to stay in the North West saying:
"I`m settled already and my girlfriend`s settled here and I do like it as a place.
"It`s a good place and a friendly club and I`ve met a lot of good people here. I have to sit down and decide what I`m going to do in the summer.
"If anyone was to come in for me Burnley would be right up there as the club that would most interest me."
For heaven`s sake Burnley, do not let him slip through your fingers!
Certainly Eddie Howe has been impressed by Cork since he took charge in January but in a worrying article in the LT suggested our chances of signing him depends a lot on whether the funds for the England Under 21 international are available. Surely they have to be or what is the point? Cork has been one of our most impressive players in recent seasons; his talent is there for all to see. It would be a disgrace for this club not to pull out all the stops to sign him and please don`t tell me after a season of top flight football and the benefit of parachute payments, we cannot afford to strike a deal. If we can`t then the ridiculous statement about going down stronger can once and for all be kicked into touch where it belongs!
Some would argue (myself included) that we should have signed him up last summer even if then he was believed to be on offer for £2 million. That would have still been a snip had it ensured it kept the sharks at bay. Now we could be in a battle to sign him especially at the seemingly reduced price tag so why did we go down the season-long loan route? Surely it was always going to get more difficult to get him on a permanent deal, especially if he continued to play impressively for the Clarets which of course he did! He even got the Goal of the Season award for his winner away to Preston as well as picking up a number of POTY awards so it is clear what the fans and the club think about him.
The club do seem to be trying to sign him at least. Operational Director, Brendan Flood is understood to have had recent discussions with the player`s agent but with Cork now back at parent club, Chelsea all we can do now is wait and see what develops.
So who else are in the market for Cork?
Well according to recent gossip in the red-tops, newly relegated no longer Premier League, Blackpool and promoted, no longer League 1, Southampton are in the running but surely we should be able to fend off their advances? We are all Championship lads together now again, but then Blackpool may sell Charlie Adam and trump our bid with the money they get! Mind you we certainly trumped the rest of the Championship last season by selling Fletcher to Wolves for £7.5 million and getting Chris Iwelumo didn`t we (not)?
No sorry, no excuses this time please, it is time for this club to try something different and prove to all Clarets fans, we mean business by signing Cork so get yer finger out and make it so!!