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Rumour Mill-Bartley and Howe?

Former Clarets manager Eddie Howe according to the Daily Star is quote:

'Primed to raid former club Burnley to bring Marvin Bartley, 26, back to Dean Court'

Howe returned to Bournemouth in October with suggestions that he would not attempt to bid for our players.

There were strong rumours at the time that Marvin Bartley could follow his former gaffer at Dean Court back to Bournemouth via a loan but in the end he remained on Burnley's books. Bartley has not been as impressive this season and has struggled to make the starting eleven for the Clarets under Sean Dyche. He did make a start against Barnsley at Oakwell last month but generally had a poor game looking unfit and off the pace.

The 26 year old midfielder joined Burnley from Bournemouth in January 2011 for a fee thought to be in the region of 1 million and has since made over 50 appearances for the club.

Our colleagues over at Vital Bournemouth are suggesting there might be some truth in the rumour. The Cherries midfielder Shaun MacDonald ruptured his ankle ligament against Colchester last Saturday, forcing him out for around ten weeks. It could be that Howe sees Bartley therefore as a possible replacement if he could lure him back.

Would Bartley though want to drop back down to League 1 having tasted Championship football? Would Dyche want to release him or does he rate the midfielder as part of his future plans? Would Clarets fans be happy either way?

Of course, there might be nothing in the rumour and it could just be 'lazy journalism' from the Star but what do you think? Let us know below the article.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 21 2012

Time: 11:33AM

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Not sure I would be that fussed if he left but we would need to find midfield cover if he did
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21/12/2012 11:37:00

When we were chatting about the squad in the home page thread under the Watford match report, I think we concluded that GK, LB and central midfield were the areas needing most thinking time from Sean, Lee and the Board... especially when those out of contract at season's end are taken into account. My conclusion is that Marvin will face a choice between being a Championship squad player or a L1 starter. Is anyone ready to step up, if Marvin goes, in the way Kevin Long did against Watford?
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21/12/2012 12:19:00

Very happy for as many to go as possible. It was obvious from last weekend that Dyche felt he had no options when McCann was suspended hence the major formation change, no options for a midfield three and Stock not being able to play in a two. He thus needs to wheel and deal.
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21/12/2012 14:25:00

Did he really only cost a pound ;)
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22/12/2012 17:11:00

Wish someone else would write articles, then I'd get the chance to criticise!! lol ;-)
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22/12/2012 17:56:00

No problem with him going: allows SD to get in the market for a couple of midfielders...
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22/12/2012 19:00:00


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