Date:Thursday January 31 2008
WITH ONLY 12 hours left until the transfer window slams firmly shut, can Burnley gaffer work miracles and and bring any fresh blood in to the club?
Burnley have been linked with numerous signings through out the transfer window, but so far only two signings have been announced. And the disappointing thing is that both players are only loan deals with both players being over the age of 35.
Nevertheless both players are fantastic signings, with Andy Cole bringing a new depth to the Clarets attack and he can also help the younger players at the club, so it is a good thing all around.
Stanislav Varga is a tall commanding centre back and not much will get past him, so it is great news that his loan deal has been extended to the end of the season, especially with Clarke Carlisle and Steven Caldwell both struggling with injuries of late.
We have also been linked with moves for a number of players, non of which seem to have materialised over the last few days of business.
It all started with news coming that Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws had rejected the Clarets' offer of around £450,000 for Irish midfielder Glenn Whelan, then followed rumours that Burnley had in fact upped their bid and that it had been accepted.
We all waited for news to break, but of course it never did. And along came the rumours linking Dundee United captain Barry Robson with a switch to Turf Moor, and soon followed a Burnley bid, which fell well short of United's valuation, and so the £750,000 bid was brushed aside without consideration.
And of course the ongoing story that hasn't left the Clarets alone since the window opened, and that is Celtic striker Derek Riordan who according to his agent is very interested in a switch to East Lancashire, but Coyle saw his £400,000 bid turned down as it was way short of Gordon Strachen's £1Million price tag for the Scot.
Not forgetting Alan Lee, who was a 'nailed on signing' according to a leading Clarets website, something which turned out to be inaccurate. But one good thing out of the Lee saga is that Clarets fans have the great catchphrase of 'I've been waiting for this news to break'.
Then came Jon Stead and Marcelo Carrusca, which could yet turn out to be true. As I understand Burnley have made an enquiry to Sheffield United about the availability of ex-Blackburn striker Stead. Carrusca is expected to sign on loan this afternoon, after the midfielder dubbed as the NEW Maradona said he was interested in a move to Burnley, but the deal is pending acceptance from Galatasaray.
Of course like any other club there have been rumours of players on the way out and there have been players actually leaving.
Top scorer Andy Gray has joined Charlton, as if you didn't already know, in a deal worth up to £2Million, meanwhile fellow front men Ade Akinbiyi and Northern Irish International Kyle Lafferty have been subject to numerous rumours.
Akinbiyi was apparently set to sign for Nottingham Forrest in a cash plus player deal, which would see Kris Commons coming to Burnley, but nothing came and the next day he was linked with a switch to his old side Norwich City, before eventually being linked with Preston.
Also linked with Preston has been David Unsworth, whilst Lafferty has seen a lot of interest shown in him.
Celtic and Rangers were apparently going head to head to sign the youngster, capped 16 times by Northern Ireland. But Owen Coyle insists that only Celtic have made a bid, which was quickly turned down, and that Rangers are yet to come come in for Kyle.
Well lets see if anything comes out of this, with just 12 hours remaining the tension grows as Clarets fans cling to the edge of their seats anxiously refreshing the official website and Clarets messageboards.
Come on Owen!
Date:Thursday January 31 2008
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