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Rumour Mill-Taking Stock now Clayton No Go?

Rumour Mill-Taking Stock now Clayton No Go?

It had been rumoured that Leeds midfielder, Andy Clayton was one of Eddie Howe's targets but the 23 year old completed a transfer to Huddersfield Town in midweek rejoining his former United boss Simon Grayson at the newly promoted Championship club after agreeing a three year deal.

There was talk too that Clayton would have been interested in moving to Turf Moor with a fee of £500,000 mooted. The local Lancashire Telegraph though believe Burnley's top priority in signing Jason Shackell from Derby and uncertainity over funds available allowed Huddersfield to nip in and complete the deal.

Burnley will now have to look elsewhere for a midfielder and it is now strongly rumoured that Doncaster Rovers' Brian Stock could now be the fresh target although we have been linked with him in the past including this summer.

Stock is yet another player known by Eddie Howe from his time at Bournemouth when the two used to play together. The 30 year old still has one year of his contract left at Doncaster but now looks eager to play at a higher level.It is thought Stock is keen to leave the Keepmoat following the club's relegation to League One last season. Doncaster have so far insisted that they have had no contact from the Clarets although that may have been due to the fact Burnley were still pursuing their first choice, Clayton.

With Rovers keen to reduce their wage bill following relegation, Stock could be snapped up for a nominal fee or maybe even on a free transfer.

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Date:Saturday July 7 2012
Time: 10:53AM


Stock would be OK although at age 30 that is a slight worry. Pity about Clayton. LT wrote:'The Clarets had been looking at a move for Clayton but their decision to prioritise the £1.1m signing of Jason Shackell is said to have been a telling factor in the player’s eventual move to Huddersfield. Leeds were reported to want £500,000 for Clayton but Burnley were eager to finalise the Shackell deal before moving on to other targets – conscious that their top priority was making sure they landed the centre back they wanted, and knowing that signing was likely to take up a large chunk of their budget. Clayton was believed to be very interested in a switch to Turf Moor after hearing of the reports about the Clarets’ possible move for him, but the finances involved in the Shackell deal meant that Burnley were never in a position to match Leeds’ asking price. Huddersfield, in contrast, did agree a fee with their Yorkshire rivals and were able to complete the signing of the midfielder on a three-year contract, with the Terriers currently making a number of moves to bolster their squad for Championship football.' Don't get it we get £7 million for Jay Rod, pay only £1.1 m for Shackell and pfaff about worrying about another £500k-£1m for Clayton? Summat dont add up if LT assumption correct
07/07/2012 11:00:00
Stock has certainly been a good player, good passer, cool on the ball. However - the last few seasons he has had a number of injuries and I think may struggle with his back. If he is fully fit and at he same standard he was 2 years ago - he would be a good player to sit in front of our back four in my opinion
07/07/2012 12:12:00
Really getting pi**ed off the Bournemouth Team of old, we have to start uping things with our scouting network, looks like lazy scouting and inexperienced management when we keep going back to one club ..... looks like we are skint or incompetent when it comes to tying some of these deals up though
07/07/2012 13:06:00
All managers will go back for players they know - If they are good enough - it doesnt matter surely! The problem comes if we are signing players who arent good enough. When Stan got us promoted he did it with a number of players he had worked with previously. Stretch, Lenny, Ronnie, Swanny & probably a couple of others - not many were complaining at the point.
07/07/2012 13:10:00
Cotts did it too as well, Cheltenham (Duff) the Stoke bunch etc plus Coyle used his Scottish connections! CD is right,dont care where they come from as long as they are good enough at this level
07/07/2012 13:28:00
Might be a slight doubt over his fitness, but there is none over his ability. Stock is a wonderful player and would add a touch of sophistication to the midfield. Like TMP I don't care where players are from - just whether they are good enough.
07/07/2012 17:00:00
Amazing that there are all these good ex-Cherries. Let's hope that in a few years there are as many good players around who have come through our ranks. We're getting there, but it sounds as though we'd be behind Bournemouth at the moment in terms numbers of youth graduates who have made it. Concerning not stumping up the cash for Clayton, maybe we were being cautious in case we needed to shell out a lot more than we did eventually for The Shack; and it was just a matter of quite close timing?
Couch Potato
07/07/2012 18:40:00
Cautious ? Jay Rod £7 million Shackell £1.5 million? Even £2 million that still would have left £5.0 million max for Clayton..and he was only up for £500k!!
07/07/2012 19:37:00
Do we really believe that we got £7 Million in the form of a bank transfer to BFC! Every tom dick and harry has to be paid and quite often the fee can be paid over a period of time. I think we will be lucky if we see £5 million to the club when it is all done and the final beans are counted by the Burnley bean counters!
07/07/2012 19:53:00
I would agree with that VR. I would also add that some of the money was probably with add ons such as prem appearances, International apps etc. Some of this money will also no doubt have gone on updating facilities/covering debts/running costs etc.
07/07/2012 20:35:00
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