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Hands off Treacy, Handshakes for Lafferty?

Yesterday the news was all about potentially losing Jay Rodriguez to Newcastle. Today there are reports that both Sheffield Wednesday and former club, Preston are showing interest in winger, Keith Treacy. It has also been widely expected that Andre Amougou might leave in the January window. He clearly seems out of favour and his contract is up in the summer.

Eddie Howe though would appear to have other ideas and seems adamant that he wants to retain all his current squad if he can and maybe even supplement it before the January window closes next week on Tuesday 31st January at 11pm

22 year old Derry City defender Daniel Lafferty is being linked with a €200,000 (£167,000))move to Burnley after recently being on trial with the club. Watford though are also believed to be interested in the left-back. The Northern Ireland Under-21 international also had a trial at Brighton last month and Derby County were also interested in the player back in November but he was injured with a minor hamstring problem and was unavailable for a trial.

Lafferty spent five years at Celtic joining the club in 2006 after coming through Oxford United`s youth system; the period also included a loan spell at Ayr United. He signed for his hometown club, Derry City in 2010

Derry City manager Declan Devine sounds resigned to losing the player. He said on Wednesday:

'It looks like he will be moving on. Burnley will be making a bid and Watford are also looking

'He has only nine months left on his contract here. The club knows he could speak to clubs in the next transfer window and go for free. Daniel wants to play in England, he is good enough and the club has to look after its assets"

Eddie Howe has also been talking about potential new signings before the January window closes although he has not specifically mentioned Daniel Lafferty:

"There`s nothing currently happening, but we have a couple of irons in the fire.

"I`m pleased with the squad, but if we can identify anyone that comes into our budget, we will look to do something.

"We don`t have huge finances to play with at this stage, but we always have an eye on things,"

The January transfer deadline day this season falls on a matchday, with the Clarets playing Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Tuesday night.

Howe commenting on this situation said:

"It`s a strange one, I don`t think we will be too active, unless we get a sudden injury. It`s not ideal for everyone, so we`re pleased to have done bits of business early, and hopefully we won`t be involved in the chaos on deadline day."

Meanwhile out-of-form winger, Keith Treacy has been linked with a move away from Burnley just six months after signing. League One, Sheffield Wednesday are thought to be interested and there is even talk that his former club, Preston North End want to bring him back to Deepdale!

It would appear though that Howe is having none of it telling the player 'You`re not going anywhere`. There is a feeling amongst Clarets fans that the player may be unsettled and he has certainly suffered dips in performance this season whilst doubts remain over his fitness and motivation. The Republic of Ireland international has been in and out of the line-up all season without being able to cement a regular starting eleven place. It all started so promising for Treacy too coming off the bench to score on his debut against Watford on the opening day of the season.

Howe maintains the 23-year-old could still have a key role in the second half of the season with the Clarets now gearing up for their play-offs promotion challenge.

"Keith won`t be going anywhere," said the Burnley gaffer

"It`s important we reiterate our desire to keep the whole squad together.

"Everyone has got a part to play in the run-in."

It would appear this even applies to Andre Amougou!

Amougou, having been unceremoniously substituted at Norwich in the FA Cup and subsequently left out of the squad, is another player rumoured to be on his way out with many Clarets fans fearing he simply doesn`t see eye-to-eye with Eddie Howe and his management team. What do we know though? If you take Howe at his word even Amougou might still be in the gaffer`s plans for this season:

"He`s still a part of our squad, but the form of the back four has been so good, it`s difficult for him to get back in the side at present'

His contract though is set to expire in the summer so it remains to be seen how long he remains on our books.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 27 2012

Time: 5:05PM

Your Comments

You have to say in terms of this season Stanislas and Treacy have been nowhere near as effective as Eagles and Elliott would probably have been for us. True, there may be potential there for the future but at the moment that is unproven and the jury is still out. Something not quite right about Treacy, he looks completely disinterested at times. If that is the case then get shut, we can't afford to carry any more passengers around along the lines of Cort & Eckersley!
turfmanphil
Treacy has potential, but does he have the same attitude as Trippier and Mee for example who both want to play their best (bust a gut) for Burnley.
Grimsby Claret
I would be very happy if we just keep the players we have right now, warts (if any) and all. End of season will be very interesting, no matter where we are.
cornwallclaret
Just for arguments sake we did let Treacy go, with Stanislas out for a couple of months, that would leave us in a pretty pickle! We would have just one recognised winger (Wallace) and a load or strikers pretending to be wingmen instead of striking!! Just emphasizes to me the precariousness of our limited squad. With no apparant new signings coming in and time running out in the window,it looks like we have to hold on to everybody, if we are to stand any chance of a play-offs spot! Time to regroup and reassess in the summer methinks. I believe there may be up to seven out of contract in the summer and that doesn't include JayRod who looks like he could be off! At some point it looks like we will be rebuilding yet again ahead of 2012-13
turfmanphil
When you think about our best starting ten outfield players at the moment I think you can name 8 that we would almost all agree on? Trips, Duff, Edgar, Mee, McCann, Wallace, Austin & JayRod. I would then add Marney some may prefer Bartley. Then its anyones guess for the next place which is why I don't understand Treacy, that spot is up for grabs and it wouldn't suprise me if McQuoid made it his as he will have that desire.
VinRogue
I have to agree that McQuoid could make his spot as Treacy doesn't seem to want to fight for the spot
Totally_Claret
Do I remember correctly that on the back of the WHU (a) prgramme we had more players listed than they did?
Couch Potato
Hang on where the hell are we getting the idea that McQuoid is a winger? I guess this is typical Burnley, buy/loan a striker and play him out wide within days of joining like they did on his debut! I agree he may be up for it more, but surely we need a WINGER up for it more?
turfmanphil
Yes one and that included in our squad Dominic Knowles,Steven Hewitt and Alex-Ray Harvey; three that are no longer even mentioned on the Claret & You squad list!
turfmanphil
One Twitter post reads-'Danny Lafferty will travel 2 Burnley on Monday for medical & personal terms after fee agreed this evening ' No source or confirmation yet though
turfmanphil
Don't forget tmp, Eddie himself described Josh as being able to play wide whilst saying that was part of the attraction of bringing him here.
VinRogue
Fair do's! Just been reading up about McQuoid. It would appear that Josh started life at Dean Court as a winger but could not get into the matchday squad. Howe then converted him into a striker and as far as I can work out, he has been described as a 'striker' since. I guess with Pato (striker)and Stanislas (winger) out plus Treacy looking disinterested we are still a player down even though Josh could play either role?
turfmanphil
It's rumoured that he's sign for Burnley last night for £150.00
Totally_Claret
an announcement to be made on Monday
Totally_Claret
Derry Journal Monday 30th Jan-Derry City FC have agreed a transfer fee with English Championship club Burnley F.C. for left-back Daniel Lafferty. The fee, which is reported to be in the region of £150,000, will almost certainly be used by Derry City manager Declan Devine to attract new players to the Brandywell. Speaking to The Sunday Journal yesterday afternoon the Carnhill lad Lafferty said that he was sad to be leaving Derry but excited to be starting a new chapter in his career with Burnley. “I still have a few things to sort out when I get there but hopefully everything goes smoothly and everything will be sorted within the next few days. “I am sad to be leaving Derry City because I have really enjoyed my time with the club. If it wasn’t for people like Declan Devine and Stephen Kenny I wouldn’t be getting this chance.”
turfmanphil
 

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