Date:Wednesday January 18 2012
Ben Mee is now a full-time Claret after yesterday (Tuesday 17th Jan) converting his season-long loan deal into a permanent contract. Burnley have officially confirmed the permanent signing with the 22 year old agreeing a three-and-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Mee will now be at the club now until at least the summer of 2015.
It was widely known of course that the on-loan defender was a permanent signing target by the club following the successful deal with fellow former Manchester City defender. Kieran Trippier earlier this month.
Clarets fans into Twitter, were alerted yesterday afternoon from Mee himself that a deal looked imminent.
Mee tweeted earlier today yesterday some hours before official confirmation:
"Training finished, now where's that pen."
According to the Lancashire Telegraph a later tweet, which was then removed, said:
'Delighted to have put pen to paper with Burnley!
"Hopefully going to be a successful few years
Mee talking about his permanent move said:
"I have no problem in flying the nest. It`s a good club here as well," said the 22-year-old, who came through the Academy ranks at the Etihad Stadium to captain City`s 2008 FA Youth Cup winning side.
"Obviously the money is different but that doesn`t always help.
"We`ve got a good squad here, good togetherness and that`s what I really like.
"Some of the money that comes in maybe stops a little bit of that togetherness but we`ve definitely got that here.
"Everyone here is really nice and together and that`s a big part of it.
"I think we can go on and do something this season and if not we have got a good young squad and next season will be a big season as well for us.
"But we are looking at this season. The manager wants us to push up there this season and I think we can."
This is of course great news and one wonders if we have how completed a rather historic deal. Is this the first time a club have signed two loan players into permanent deals from the same club in the same transfer window? I don`t know to be honest but if anybody with a brand new shiny anorak for Christmas would like to research it please go ahead and let`s have the answer!
So Vokes..I mean folks, could Sam be next? Well maybe not a permanent signing but perhaps a loan extension? Eddie Howe is certainly exploring the possibility of keeping Sam Vokes at Turf Moor after his loan deal expired on Sunday but that all depends on Wolves manager, Mick McCarthy.
Howe said yesterday:
"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 are 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."
So fingers crossed on that score, especially with Martin Paterson now sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Date:Wednesday January 18 2012
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