Vokes, Pugh, Treacy and a Couple of Latvians!
It`s all gone a bit quiet this week on the transfer front again, In terms of potential players leaving the club though, Keith Treacy`s future at Turf Moor continues to look uncertain. Previously linked with a permanent move to Sheffield Wednesday following Treacy`s loan spell there last season, it now looks like the Owls could face competition from another Yorkshire club. Barnsley are reportedly interested in signing the former Preston winger it was announced in the media this week.
Tykes` gaffer Keith Hill is expected to decide whether to progress his interest in the 23 year old when he returns from their training camp in Spain in the next few days. It is thought though that Hill has made a left-footed wide man his number one priority this summer with Treacy a strong target.
Treacy joined Burnley from Lancashire rivals Preston for around £500,000 last summer but only made 27 appearances for the Clarets in his first season eventually dropping down the pecking order. He left for Hillsborough on loan last March until the end of the campaign helping Sheffield Wednesday gain promotion from League One.
Meanwhile we continue to be linked with Bournemouth midfielder, Marc Pugh. The speculation was fuelled even more this week when it was announced 25-year-old ormer Burnley youth player had turned down a new contract at Dean Court. We do however face stiff competition from a number of other clubs for his signature. Derby County were already thought to have Pugh on their radar and now Huddersfield Town, Charlton Athletic and Watford are also thought to have entered the race to sign him. Eddie Howe though may have the advantage since he has already played under him at Bournemouth and returning to his native North West could be an attraction for the locally born Bacup lad. Pugh started his career with Burnley but was released in 2006 at the age of 19. Howe signed Pugh for Bournemouth in the summer of 2010 and the former Bury player is now in the final year of his contract with the League One club and would appear to have his heart set on playing in the Championship. Although valued at £1 million, with the player in the final year of his contract an asking price of £400-500k would appear to be more realistic rather than risk losing him for nothing in August next summer.
Wolves striker, Sam Vokes is another player who continues to be linked with a move to Turf Moor following his loan spell at the club last season. Vokes reported back for pre-season training with Wolves this week. The 22 year old`s future at Molineux could be decided soon depending on whether Wolves new boss Stale Solbakken takes the striker on the club`s training trip to Ireland. That would certainly be a good indication as to whether Vokes features in the clubs long-term plans.
The Welsh international has only one year left on his deal at Molineux and it thought that the club would still be looking for a profit. He signed from Bournemouth four years ago for about £250,000 and since that time has gained valuable Championship experience following his loan spells at Leeds, Bristol City, Sheffield United, Norwich, Burnley and Brighton.
Wolves maintain they have not had any offers for Vokes but it is thought that both Burnley and Brighton have their former loan striker on their radar.
Finally, it would appear that Burnley have their eye on a couple of Latvians. Centre back Marcis Oss is scheduled to travel to Burnley for a trial. The 20-year-old recently spent a period training with Spanish second division side Hercules and currently plays for Latvian side FK Jelgava. However, his contract is close to completion and he looks set to be playing elsewhere next season. Oss has also previously played for FK Auda and FC Limbazi..
Another Latvian centre back, 25 year old Nauris Bulvitis is also expected to arrive at Turf Moor for a trial. Bulvitis currently plays for FK Spartaks Jūrmala and also had a spell at Scottish Premier League club Inverness Caledonian Thistle during the 2009/10 season.
It would appear the news broke on local Latvian websites about the trials with local reports in Latvia suggesting a start date of Monday July 23rd which is a week away from the start of our South West tour.