Weekly Rumour Mill-Shall We Get Chalobah?
According to some media reports Burnley could be in talks with Chelsea about a potential 12 month loan for midfield starlet Nathaniel Chalobah. By all accounts, Sean Dyche is a big admirer of the 19 year old England under-21 international and has been impressed with his performances out on loan to Watford, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough. Chalobah was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and came through the Chelsea academy, having been at the club since childhood. In August 2013, Chalobah signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, stating that he wishes to stay at Stamford Bridge for his entire career but he has still yet to make his debut for the Blues.
It is thought that Jose Mourinho is now keen to let Chalobah make the step-up to the Premier League with some media reports suggesting that the Chelsea gaffer has promised the Clarets a decision soon having been satisfied he will get regular games and that the financial requirements can be met. The Clarets do face competition from a number of other clubs with a number of offers on the table but it would appear we could be in the driving seat.
He could be the ideal player for the Clarets being pretty versatile and able to play in defence as well as midfield. Chalobah is described as being quick in the tackle with a high work-rate and high fitness levels.
Elsewhere we were once again linked with Henri Lansbury and Danny Graham
Forest boss Stuart Pearce looks to be facing an uphill battle to keep hold of Lansbury. The former Arsenal 23-year-old midfielder would appear to be a target of both Burnley and Wigan although the Clarets newly found life in the Premier League could be a key attraction over their Championship rivals for his signature. Lansbury was a key player for Forest last season until suffering a fracture to his lower back and missing the last three months of the season. He is now however back to full fitness. According to reports Burnley are now prepared to make a bid for the midfielder but to date there has been no further news on potential fees involved.
Meanwhile, Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet has informed a number of his players that they are not in his plans for next season and that includes striker Danny Graham, another target recently linked with a move to Turf Moor. The Black Cats flew out to Portugal for a pre-season tour this week and Graham was one player absent from the squad.
The 28-year-old has interested Middlesbrough, Watford and Leicester as well as Burnley but a deal is thought to be complicated due to a £1m asking price as well the wages he is entitled to over the remaining two years of his contract. There is a suggestion that Sunderland want a deal, preferably a permanent one sorted out by the time they return from the Algarve on Monday week but if not a loan looks a possibility as well. Middlesbrough could be favourites to sign him according to the local Northern Echo although that could change if Boro manage to sign their main target Genk striker, Jelle Vossen.
One player we definitely won`t be bringing to Turf Moor on loan is Manchester City midfielder, Emyr Huws. The 20 year old this week signed a six month loan deal with Wigan Athletic.