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Three Strikers and They Are Out?

Pato is '90 per cent certain` to leave Burnley according to the local press, Austin looks likely to be mopped up by a Premier League club and Bournemouth are not giving up on Danny Ings! Could these be desperate times for the Clarets and what sort of strike force will we have come the opening game of the new season against Bolton at Turf Moor? At the moment, only Sam Vokes appears to be safe from predation and even a couple of last season`s peripheral strikers, Alex MacDonald and Wes Fletcher have already been released this summer so we don`t even have much cover from the junior ranks.

It was the Lancashire Telegraph today that hinted that Martin Paterson, out of contract this summer was 90% certain to leave Turf Moor with reports that Championship rivals, Wigan (under new gaffer, former Burnley manager, Owen Coyle) and recently demoted League One, Wolves could be prepared to bid for the Northern Ireland international. Negotiations at the club to give Pato a new deal appear to have stalled and it is likely that a significant cut in salary could be one of the main reasons. It is no secret either that Paterson wants to secure a more traditional role up front as a striker rather than being expected to play a more wider role so that too could be a stumbling block if Sean Dyche is not prepared to guarantee such a request. There is certainly no lack of interest with up to six Championship clubs reportedly interested not to mention League One, Wolves. Wolves tried to sign Paterson on loan in March during Dean Saunders 'tenure and it is now thought new gaffer Kenny Jackett might be tempted to offer the 26 year old a permanent deal. Pato is currently away on his honeymoon so a decision might not be forthcoming until his return at the weekend

Meanwhile newly promoted club, Hull City have apparently upped the ante in their efforts to secure the services of Charlie Austin and are now thought to be ready to make a bid following their declared interest in the former Swindon striker. Burnley will be hoping to secure at least a 7 million deal for their key striker who still has a year of his contract remaining but realistically they may have to accept a more modest 4-5 million. Championship Play-Offs winners, Crystal Palace are also believed to have the striker on their radar.

If that`s not enough, Bournemouth promoted to the Championship last season under former Burnley gaffer, Eddie Howe look set to maintain their determination to re-sign Danny Ings and with a wealthy Russian businessman now on the scene may well succeed. Bournemouth saw an initial bid knocked back but would the club desperate for money accept an increased offer no matter what affect it would have on our morale and chances of promotion or for that matter relegation avoidance? If we lost all three strikers bearing in mind Pato would go for a free, what sort of money would be available to find suitable replacements, would they be of the right quality and would they accept lower salaries than a lot of our Championship rivals? Would we be able to compete at this level with an unproven strike force, one that would have to bed in and get used to their team mates? Interesting but potentially disturbing times ahead of that there is no doubt!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 18 2013

Time: 8:12PM

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If we lost Austin,Pato and Ings could we recover? Vote in our poll and explain your choice below
turfmanphil
We would recover but they would be hard to replace, we would have to fork out money simple as and we all know strikers are a premium, if I am honest I have know idea who is coming in or out, just hoping it's all not a last minute scramble we need to bed new players into the squad asap or move some on if needs must.
8clarets8
build the team around austin, promise him decent service from the middle n flanks and ask one year to get up 't prem. If we dont succeed, flog him end of next season for guarenteed 7-10 mill ( assuming h'es just as good next season)
perthozclaret
As long as things get sorted out quickly I'm pretty relaxed about them leaving. Would prefer them to stay but as ever, the club is bigger than the players and we have replaced good players before and will do again. Just get it done!!!!
CanadaClaret
Not sure I can remember a time though when we lost potentially three key strikers all at once?
turfmanphil
If we want to compete we have to pay the wages. If we can't we are going to be a Div 1 club at best. I am not hopeful about the coming season.
cornwallclaret
Am sure we will survive but almost certainly in Div 1 and defieately below you know who
John Greenwood
Come on Cornwall and Greeny We will not be in the bottom three there will be far worse teams than us.
Grimsby Claret
Hope your right Grimsby but i thought that last season and look how close it went.
John Greenwood
Looks like Hull close to getting Austin according to recent media gossip. 4 million rejected so far but he will have a price. He is surely worth 7 million but we won't get anywhere near that
turfmanphil
 

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