DANIEL Cousin’s agent has confirmed that Burnley are bidding to beat the transfer deadline to sign the Hull City striker on a season-long loan.
The transfer window shuts at 5pm tomorrow and Owen Coyle is hopeful of adding to his squad as he attempts to help the Clarets continue their encouraging start to the season, which did suffer a setback on Saturday as they were beaten 3-0 at Chelsea.
Cousin was a regular member of the Hull side that escaped relegation last season, scoring four goals in 27 appearances after a £1.5m move from Rangers. But the 32-year-old, who previously held an impressive scoring record in France with Lens and Le Mans, has seen his future thrown into doubt since a bust-up with Tigers boss Phil Brown following the 5-1 home defeat to Tottenham two weeks ago.
Cousin was substituted just 22 minutes into the game and, after refusing to shake Brown’s hand as he left the pitch, has not featured in the last three matches.
Burnley may be keen to bring the 6ft 2in striker to add some extra height and strength to their forward line, and Cousin’s agent Willie McKay yesterday confirmed that the Clarets had made a move for the striker.
“I think they have put an offer in for a loan,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph.
Any such switch may yet lead to a permanent move because Cousin, who is Gabon’s all-time leading goalscorer and may feature against Andre Bikey’s Cameroon in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday as well as the African Cup of Nations in January, is keen to remain in England.
However, Cousin still has two years left on his contract at the KC Stadium and Hull may have to subsidise some of the striker’s sizeable wage packet should he switch to Turf Moor on a temporary basis.
After Saturday’s loss at Chelsea, Clarets boss Coyle again made it clear that he would look to strengthen his squad before the deadline provided the finances were available.
When asked whether there may be transfer activity before 5pm tomorrow, he replied: “I’ve said before that if there’s money there I’ll spend it, so that’s not a question for me.
“We’d love to help the group we’ve got, to freshen it up, but ultimately it comes down to finance.
“I think everyone’s well aware that we have the lowest budget in the league by an absolute country mile and if no-one comes in we’ll go in with what we’ve got and look to do our best.
“If we do that, we’ve shown we can win points in this league."