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Rumour Mill-The Potential Ins and Outs

Rumour Mill-The Potential Ins and Outs

The January window will soon be open and the speculation of course has already started with the media in full throttle.

So what is the gossip regarding Burnley? Who could be on the move in January and who could be coming to Turf Moor?

It is perhaps inevitable that Jay (He's One of Our Own') Rodriguez would continue to be in the spotlight after the mad summer season linking him with a move to Southampton!

Premier League clubs have also been linked over the last few months and the latest would appear to be Stoke City.

Media news today from non other than the all-knowing Alan Nixon would suggest that Tony Pulis could be prepared to offer £6 million for the locally-born striker in January.

Norwich City too, who we have just drawn in the 3rd round of the FA Cup could also be considering an offer although it is thought that £6 million could be out of their reach.

Whether the speculation is true or not, it looks unlikely that the JayRod rumours will subside in the New Year and we could be under increasing pressure to retain his services. You just begin to wonder too, whether the Sam Vokes loan signing could come more into the equation if we do say goodbye to JayRod. Could this be the club planning ahead just in case? If they are, then let's give them credit since some Clarets fans have been critical in the past when it often seems that players leaving the club come too late in the day with very little time to find replacements in the transfer windows before they close.

The Clarets will be hoping to extend Rodriguez's contract if they can with his current one expiring at the end of the 2012/13 season but we shall have to see if he is tempted by any offers next month

Another player who could be leaving the club is Andre Amougou. He clearly seems to be out of favour at the moment and the defender has recently been struggling even to make the bench. Amougou's contract is up at the end of this season so the club may be hoping to cash in on the player before he can leave for free on a Bosman next summer.The media however suggest today that he might not be prepared to be forced out and might only consider moving in January if the right deal elsewhere comes along.

So thats the possible 'outs' in the news, what about the possible 'ins'? Well we continue to be linked with former Burnley youth player and current Bournemouth midfielder, Marc Pugh and you can read our recent article 'Rumour Mill-Race for Pugh?' on that score.

This week though we have been linked with a new player, with reports that Burnley are just one of many clubs interested in Sunderland's 20 year old, young striker Ryan Noble.

Any movement on that score though could be delayed until new manager, Martin O'Neill familarises himself with the Black Cats squad following Steve Bruce's departure. It is thought however that at least a loan move could be possible in the January window.

Noble is a product of Sunderland's youth academy having joined the club in 2007

He made his first professional appearance for the Black Cats in January 2010 after coming on as a substitute for Darren Bent in a 3-0 FA Cup victory against Barrow at the Stadium of Light.

The England Under 19 international has since made only limited appearances for the first team and has been sent out on two loan spells. In March 2010, Noble joined Watford on loan until the end of the 2009-10 season but failed to make a single first-team appearance for the Hornets. He then joined Championship side Derby County on an emergency loan deal but could only make one substitute appearance for the Rams before a back injury ruled him out of contention and he returned to Sunderland in late October 2010. The injury sidelined him during last season and he has only just returned having played in three reserve games. He has certainly made an impression for the second string, scoring seven goals, including two hat-tricks in those three games.

Despite the limited first-team appearances, he has still attracted a lot of interest with reports that Blackpool, Coventry City, Derby County and Middlesbrough also have the striker on their radars!

Burnley had also recently been linked with Cliftonville's striker Rory Donnelly but a possible deal seems to have hit the buffers. Brentford are understood to have increased their offer for him.

The Clarets were reported to have made a bid of £100,000 but it is understood Bees' boss Uwe Rosler was at the Oval to see Donnelly play in Cliftonville's 2-1 Co. Antrim Shield Final victory against Glentoran leading to an improved offer.

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers was also at the game suggesting we could have some significant competition for his signature.

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Date:Sunday December 4 2011
Time: 4:23PM


We seem to have this thing about strikers! Is Howe the new Warnock?
04/12/2011 16:29:00
Andre is excellent at times, but equally frustrating at others. He will not be here beyond the end of the season I am sure. Jay Rod is a difficult one, I do like him and see a lot in him. But, If we are to receive £6m + add ons for him - It would be an awful lot to turn down.
04/12/2011 16:51:00
There has to come a point sometime when we say no to 'doing a good bit of business' no matter how much it jeopardises our promotion chances or indeed survival chances. I live in hope that one day this Board will see some sense and put their efforts into seeing us go up instead of scuppering our chances all the time! £6 million may seem a lot but not as much as promotion would mean to this club or indeed staying in the Championship compared to League 1. Of course all these strikers coming in may well be a smokescreen anyway to soften the blow if he does go. As I said above if they are contingency planning for Rodriguez going, then that is something in itself compared to past seasons
04/12/2011 16:58:00
I think Jay Rod off in Jan is a done deal for financial reasons. If we can sign Sam V and use the profit to sign a good defender, better than Andre A, who if stays or not is not going to play, sadly imo, then the loss of Jay would be lessened. I also think Pato may also be in the transfer frame, hence all our activity in the market for strikers. All in all I think we will see quite a bit of activity in the Jan window.
04/12/2011 17:52:00
Alot of this is academic as we don't know if the board will let Howe spend the money raised by potential tranfers out of the club!
04/12/2011 18:21:00
I do see your point TMP and we both know we have different views. For me, £6m is a lot of money for Jay as it stands, he may go on to be an even better player, or he may not. If that sort of money is to be reinvested back into the playing staff on 2/3 quality additions it would be a good bit of business. I would be a bit agitated if we were to sell him and the money didnt go onto the playing side. I do not think we can get promotion this season. With this year of 'learning' and some good additions for next season, who knows . . .
04/12/2011 18:34:00
This is the trouble , Dale its always next season and not THIS season!
04/12/2011 18:57:00
Think the writing is on the wall for Andre which is a shame he doesn't seem to fit in with Eddie's idea on Jay Rod come January? Agree it does all seem to be about strikers but with Ings, Austin and Pato to come back do we them?
04/12/2011 21:39:00
Has anyone sensed also on Clarets Player that Daz Bentley has a downer on him despite Phil Bird's best efforts to say we need him in the team? Does he know summat?
04/12/2011 21:44:00
Andre I mean! The thing about Jay Rod is that once again the crowd have a song to sing ie 'One of Our Own' and once again we might be back to singing 'No Nay Never'! Just for once hang in there and tell them all to feck off no matter what the bid! £6m. £7m even £10m is peanuts compared to getting promoted
04/12/2011 21:46:00
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