Rumour Mill-You can still put a Brett on!
Burnley were linked strongly with a permanent move for 24-year-old Bristol City striker,Brett Pitman in the summer transfer window but a deal was not forthcoming and the window closed last Friday.
It looks like Pitman's days at Ashton Gate though are numbered with the Robins signing strikers Sam Baldock and Steven Davies in the summer and sidelining the former Bournemouth forward even more.Pitman did not even make City`s eighteen for their 1-0 loss at Barnsley last weekend and sources close to the player have suggested he is keen on looking for a new challenge.
The Lancashire Telegraph believe Burnley did not have enough money to sign Pitman on a permanent deal stating:
'Burnley were never going to match the fee in the region of £500,000 for the 24-year-old but, with the emergency loan window opening on Friday, are considering another move for him.'
Some Clarets may find that statement staggering considering the amount of money we got for Rodriguez not to mention the money received from the sell-on fee for Steven Fletcher moving from Wolves to Sunderland recently! Eddie Howe has only seen a fraction of that money and it is really difficult to believe a club with ambition would not be able to find the dosh to buy a player Howe clearly rates at such a modest rate.
Anyway, what chances then of bringing him to Turf Moor on loan? It would appear quite high since Pitman is still at Ashton Gate and is unlikely to feature in the Robins first team anytime soon. Only Burnley and former club, Bournemouth showed any interest in the player in the summer transfer window by all accounts which might be a worry in itself. He is now though available on loan and Howe could be favourite to sign him with both knowing each other from their time together at Dean Court. The loan window opens this Friday and it appears Howe is keen to add to his striking options before the next game at home to Peterborough a week Saturday following the international break. Pitman is not Burnley`s only option ahead of the opening of the emergency loan window according to the LT so we could see a few new faces arrive at Turf Moor pretty soon.