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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.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 5 2012

Time: 11:33AM

Your Comments

Bit worrying he cant get into the Bristol City first team and only a lower league club showed any interest in him apart from Burnley in the summer.
turfmanphil
Lets face it we need someone in soon, weather it be Pitman or someone else
Totally_Claret
Why is he not in Bristols team? I worry about taking players out of favour with clubs that I would hope we are going to end up higher than in the table.
VinRogue
He always seemed to score against us mind!!
turfmanphil
I may point out that our defence is leaking like a sieve( 8 goals in just four games ) and maybe there is where we should look for added strength.
claretfromaway
With regards to the defence ' claretfromaway', I think the goals against column is worse than it deserves to be. At least 2 out of the 3 against Boro are very good goals and I would also argue that the 2 Mackail Smith scored on Saturday would be difficult to blame on the defence. That is half the goals we have conceded so far. In the two games I have seen, Bolton at home we looked quite solid, and Huddersfield created very few real chances.
Claretdale
A move may be just what he needs to find his form again, but I'd prefer to see Connor Wickham arrive, if the rumour turns out to be true.
WelshClaret
I think we need both Wickham and Pitman, honestly! we have Patto who cant put a game together, Vokes who is less than impressive and Charlie boy who we need to keep injury free we have absolutely no cover at all with Ings injured and McDonald out at Plymouth if Eddie doesn't bring in a couple of loanees I think we will be in real trouble
hollinsclaret
I think your being a bit harsh on Vokes Hollins - I think he will prove to be a decent signing.
Claretdale
But you see lads, your always going to be living in our shadow. Id just give up.
Rovertime
Go Agent Kean!
turfmanphil
Bless you Rovetime and as with all shadows the sun will eventually move and shine on us a you wallow into the shadows and wonder who were the Venkys and agent Keane. Anyway back to reality I am not looking forward to Decembers annual heartbreak, but I am as ever preparing myself for it.
VinRogue
I wouldn't pay half a mill for Pitman, but he might actually be a more effective Ings substitute than Wickham. To be honest I don't know enough about how either of them plays, and I am fearful that neither have the versatility and running of either Danny or Pato. So I'm not hanging my hopes on either, in that I want to see the right type of player brought in, not just anyone.
Couch Potato
good post CP and something that is important to remember.
Claretdale
Really wish people would stop panicking about the start we have had. Admittedly not great but too soon to be throwing the towel in. I'd prefer to see a young loan player from the likes of Man City or Man U come in than Pitman (not even regarded by his own club) or Wickham (Crazily high wages/ still unproven). I personally think Eddie will have someone completely different lined up like Stewart was on deadline day.
YorkshireClaret
I don't think it is panicking, I think it is just commenting on what you have seen. Lets be honest, Huddersfield, Plymouth and BHA deserve the comments. It is good to back the manager but lets not pretend we saw anything other than dross in these 3 games. Wi Fi rules!
VinRogue
LT 8/9 Suzanne Geldard: 'Brett Pitman continues to be linked with a club but I understand it is highly unlikely he will be joining the Clarets.' Who the hell has undercut us now? Fork out the money you tight wads!!
turfmanphil
Is it really a great loss Phil?
YorkshireClaret
Yes if Howe wanted him!
turfmanphil
..it would be interesting to see though who he signs for and whether they are a more ambitious Championship rival!!
turfmanphil
Yeah true either way if someone does come in for him.
YorkshireClaret
Pitman certainly fits all the criteria for new Burnley players: 1. "Have you played for Bournemouth before?" - YES. "Welcome aboard".
chris skyline
 

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