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The Rumour Mill-One Out,Pato and One Ings,Danny?

Sky Sports were yesterday saying that Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill was still keen to bring Martin Paterson to Fratton Park. This is not the first time of course we have heard such speculation. Earlier reports suggested a bid of £1.5 million had already been refused and that the Hampshire club had upped the ante to £2.5 million.

Sky Sports yesterday were saying though that they understood Portsmouth had now made an offer in 'excess of £2 million' and that Burnley were now considering their options.

The 24-year-old is believed to be part of Eddie Howe's plans at Turf Moor but Sky Sports asks 'could this offer be too good to turn down?'

Twitter went into overdrive when the speculation broke although Media Manager, Daz Bentley threw cold water on the rumour saying he had just spoken to Pato and he seemed upbeat about playing a new season with the Clarets.

It would be folly for the club to sell such a player so late in the day with August 6th looming just to 'make a quick buck' and take advantage of silly money. Would we find an adequate replacement in time? Let's face it we seem to be struggling finding high quality players with proven ability in the Championship as it is.

This is also probably a good time to remind the club what Eddie Howe said recently about Paterson:

'Martin Paterson is our player and I desperately don`t want to lose him,

'I want to build my squad around our best players and I certainly think Pato is one of them.'

Let's hope they do just that then and are not tempted by silly money after all 'we don't have to sell' now do we?

Burnley as we know are already in the market for a new striker following the departure of Chris Iwelumo to Watford.

The gossip over the last couple of days has all been about our rumoured interest in Rochdale forward Chris O'Grady with reports that we had made an offer of £500,000 for him. This however looks to have been precisely that, a rumour denied now by both clubs.

So now we go onto the next rumour, this one from none other than 'smarty pants,always right' Alan Nixon in the Mirror.

Nixon now appears to suggest Burnley have gone Cherry picking again and this time have their eye on Bournemouth teenage striker Danny Ings.

The 19-year-old made his debut under Eddie Howe during his time as gaffer at Dean Court.He joined the club as an apprentice in May 2008 and also had a loan spell at non-league Dorchester Town in 2010 scoring 7 goals in 13 appearances.

It is reported that many clubs have an interest in the striker but that Howe hopes to seal the deal with an offer of £1 million having the advantage of his former connection with the player.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 22 2011

Time: 8:03AM

Your Comments

Here we go again, at least this Ings rumour has more gravitas having emanated from Nixon not Twitter!
turfmanphil
Not a particularly tall striker at 5ft 10 and he doesn't appear to have much experience either at League 1 level. In his 26 appearances for the Cherries though he has scored 7 goals ( about 1-in-3.5 games)
turfmanphil
In keeping with Howe's vow to bring the age of the squad down, it might still be a way to grow new talent, though for such a punt it doesn't seem to come cheaply, though would be within the club's wage structure of course (and less than Iwelumo). Interestingly, your take on Twitter is slightly askew. The rumours don't usually start on Twitter, but the furore that comes after a rumour (e.g. the Pato one with Sky yesterday) fuels the fire (and anxiety levels too!).
Mike Mada
Oh, and by the way, Pato is a vital component of the team this year, as he was in the promotion year. For some reason some folks don't seem to like him and, of course, everyone has a price. But £4M would be my starting point for consideration (and that's not going to happen, because the way players are valued leaves him a bit outside the radar), not £2M. He is a keeper (well, not a golakeeper, but you nknow what I mean!) and will prove his 20+ goals potential are worth more than any other sort of profit this season.
Mike Mada
On the Twitter thing Mike, I think it's a mixture of breaking Tweets (eg O'Grady was initiated by a tweet from a MEN Magazine Sports Journalist for Greater Manchester) and 'reaction'tweets to media rumours. Iwelumo too was all about Tweets/forum gossip with nowt in media till it happened
turfmanphil
I'm a big fan of Pato but like i said in a previous thread what concerns me for a young man he as had to many injury problems, and if someone did offer 3 mil plus you have to think about it. This is a big season for both Pato and Burnley if he stays injury free and scores 20 plus goals thats great news, but if he's on the physo table for 4 months of the season no one will want him. Very big decision for Burnley and our Eddie, i know fans will be up in arms if we sell him but do you make a profit on a injury prone player, i'm glad i am not making this decision.
Fedupclaret
The thing is Steve Cotterill must surely know of Pato's injury record too and yet is prepared to take that risk. I think we should rather than deplete our squad further and find it difficult to replace him in time. Howe himself is saying Pato is a 'key player'
turfmanphil
Phil understand what you are saying and i agree with you but the word risk, this is the difference between Burnley and pompey, from what i read the Clarets do care on the other hand Pompey don't, if there Club go's tits up again they don't care who they stand on for fame and fortune.
Fedupclaret
I see they have wheeled out Pato on Clarets Player, hopefully a timely reminder he is staying put!!
turfmanphil
Eagles next then?
turfmanphil
Really hope he stays, his work rate and exuberance really come into force in those drawn out games where a goal could clinch it. He has been described as a poor mans Wayne Rooney in that aspect, did he have a bad injury record at Scunny? I agree with lowering the age of the squad but with Jay Rod, Wes and Austin all of a young age would this Danny Ings actually get a look in? I would prefer to see a third choice mid age premiership striker come along than spending £1mill on a player we will only sell in a few years time when "an offer we couldn't refuse" comes along.
YorkshireClaret
At his best Pato offers something different,if they don't mess about with him and play him on the wing! I think he would be ideal up front with a tall striker so he can feed off his headed knock downs etc. Our best strike force of the last three seasons proves that theory. Just remember Reading..Pato/Thommo
turfmanphil
This today in LT-BURNLEY boss Eddie Howe is rumoured to be interested in a reunion Bournemouth striker Danny Ings. The Clarets boss is an admirer of the 19-year-old but no offers have yet been made to Howe’s old club. Bournemouth have already rejected a £200,000 bid from Crystal Palace and a £400,000 offer from Premier League Fulham. Cherries chairman Eddie Mitchell said: Mitchell added: “The two offers we have received so far have been miles off the mark. “He is going to be AFC Bournemouth’s first £1m player and that is a definite. "We have told that to Fulham and will tell anybody else the same' You do have to wonder if we are in the market for anybody at this rate. Well we might be trying but does the club have enough pulling power or are the players weary of the low salary cap on offer and looking for a more ambitious club?
turfmanphil
 

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