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Howe Pro-Vokes a Response from McCarthy!

Sam Vokes loan contract expired on Sunday and he is now back at Molineux waiting to see how his short-term future develops.

Burnley were clearly ideally hoping they could extend his loan contract and that was even before Martin Paterson picked up yet another injury in our game against Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Saturday.

Howe is now even more determined to sign Vokes having been told that Pato faces up to six weeks out of action with a hamstring injury.

Our strike force could be a little threadbare at the moment if we cant get cover. Charlie Austin and Jay Rodriguez look set to be our regular choices for a starting eleven slot and of course we also have Zavon Hines and Alex MacDonald waiting in the wings. Young 19 year old Danny Ings is also well on the road to recovery from his cartilage injury and looks set to play for the Reserves against Preston in midweek. Eddie Howe though will not want to rush the youngster, who has yet to make his first team debut for the Clarets, into the first team in view of his lack of experience at Championship level.

So what are the options?

Sam Vokes is the obvious choice if we can extend his loan period. He knows the set-up and offers something different for the Clarets up front.

The main obstacle though could be Howe's ability to convince Wolves gaffer, Mick McCarthy that they will play him often enough.

In his two month loan spell at Turf Moor, he was quite impressive in his first few games and was more of a regular choice. In total he made nine appearances for the Clarets scoring two goals. However, recently he struggled to make the starting eleven, mainly due to the return of Martin Paterson and his impressive form.

This obviously has not gone unnoticed at Molineux and McCarthy might now be convinced his player might be more suited by a move to another club, more prepared to play him on a more regular basis.

McCarthy revealed last week that other clubs are interested in Vokes and Brighton were reported to be one of the Championship clubs who have the Welsh international on their radar. The Wolves gaffer was also understood to be keen for the 22-year-old to go back to his parent club amid enquiries from a host of other Championship clubs and concerns about the striker not starting many games.

Eddie Howe though will be hoping to convince him otherwise:

'Sam will go back to Wolves, but we will be making a call to see how the land lies,' said Howe after their 2-0 victory over Boro on Saturday.

'Obviously losing Martin, we may well reassess that, but we're in Wolves' hands.

'They (the injuries to Pato and Junior) are a massive downside for us. It could force our hand to look into the transfer market'

Vokes is down the pecking order at Molineux behind the likes of former Clarets striker,Steven Fletcher, Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

McCarthy said recently:

'There is a fair bit of interest in Sam. We'll make a decision when he comes back. But I've had no offers for anyone.'

So what do you think our chances will be of signing Vokes and how disappointed will you be if we fail? Do you think we will need to delve into the transfer market for a striker if we fail to extend Vokes loan contract? Let us know below the article

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 16 2012

Time: 7:12PM

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If I had confidence in Hines and MacDonald, I would not be too concerned about losing Vokes. Niether though have taken the world by storm this season and Vokes does offer something different up front. If we don't get Vokes, an emergency loan striker is still perhaps something we should consider
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16/01/2012 19:20:00

I have changed my mind (again!), I think we should try and sign him rather than loan him. I agree with tmp that McDonald and Hines are unlikely to set this league on fire in the near future, plus from what Howe has said about Ings he too is unlikely to be on the bench much before March. So why not sign him and off load a couple of players like Alex and Zavon?
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16/01/2012 19:59:00

I like Vokes. I cannot see Mick Mc allowing Vokes to come back to us and sit on our bench - he can do that for them!
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16/01/2012 20:42:00

Zav Hines needs to be given a chance, he hasn't come here as a bench warmer, my West Ham mate really rates him, he hasn't been given the chance, he needs more game time gang !!
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16/01/2012 22:41:00

Who would you play him with Hollins? Who would make way? Jay? Austin? Wallace? Not a trick question as the front 6 is always my thorn. Surely McCann & Marney must start but what 4 players do you add?
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16/01/2012 22:47:00

I am with VinR on this one, if the Club are serious about the playoffs we need to try and sign him. Hines can’t even make the bench so big worries with him coming straight into the side, as for McDonald when I’ve seen him play not good enough at this level. If we need to offload certain players like Bikey and Jenson to finance the deal so be it, so let’s see how committed the board is regarding the playoffs.
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17/01/2012 09:26:00

Some more comments from Howe-Howe said; “I’ve had a conversation with Mick so we’ll see how that develops. Mick’s a lovely guy, and he’s been brilliant with us, allowing the loan in the first place, but I think there’s more conversations to be had. “Sam’s at a big stage in his career, so we’ll wait and see. “He enjoyed it here, he was a little bit frustrated by his lack of football in the last few weeks, but he settled in really well with the players. “He knew a few before he came, but he settle in brilliantly, so I think there’d be a willingness from Sam to come back, but there’s a lot to consider, and I think there are a couple of other clubs also interested.”
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17/01/2012 11:51:00

Mee has signed apparently. He likes a twitter.
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17/01/2012 14:08:00

Hope its true, Stuart75 A great signing thought we wouldnt have a chance of signing him and Tripps a few weeks ago.
Grimsby Claret
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17/01/2012 17:00:00

Yes, its official. Ben Mee signed a three and a half year deal. Excellent news, our defence is really going to be a strong unit now which will get better and better.
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17/01/2012 17:08:00

I think this is another good signing, he will improve in value over the next two years under Eddie.
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17/01/2012 18:12:00

I'd like to get Vokes for the rest of the season, with an option of a permanent deal. Pato may be converted into a winger, or perhaps we should cash in on a player who is becoming a bit "injury prone"? Much still hinges on the future of Jay Rod, I feel.
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17/01/2012 19:29:00

I think Austin is a better and cleverer player than Paterson. Gutted for Pato - he's a hero and a credit to his profession - but I'm looking forward to seeing Jay Rod and Austin upfront again - that partnership was only broken through injury after all. Didn't really see enough of Vokes to make a judgment but I agree we'll need another front man and a loan would make sense.
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17/01/2012 20:56:00

It would make sense to sign Vokes for a couple of months at least. He seemed to settle in well and would get more games whilst Pato is out. Then we could get a permanent signing in the summer ready for our return to the Prem!!!
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18/01/2012 09:35:00

I like Vokes, and I've not seen anyone else be as good a target for our two ex-City long throwers. But I don't think he's the difference between play-offs and not... unless Jay Rod goes. 12 days to go, and it's all quiet.
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19/01/2012 11:09:00


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