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Clarets player of year set to remain despite Toon interest
BURNLEY expect to hold on to player of the season Kieran Trippier this summer despite initial interest from Newcastle United.
Trippier was understood to have been on a list of targets drawn up by Newcastle boss Alan Pardew at the end of the 2011/12 campaign, and there were fears that the 21-year-old could attract interest from more clubs after an impressive debut season at Turf Moor.
But the Clarets, who recently made it clear that they are under no financial pressure to sell players following the dep-arture of Jay Rodriguez to Southampton, anticipate that Trippier will remain with the club.
Burnley had been linked with Birmingham captain Stephen Carr but it is understood that they do not hold an interest in the veteran, believing they are well stocked at right back following the arrival of 20-year-old Luke O’Neill from Mansfield.
Newcastle’s interest in Trippier came after regular right back Danny Simpson turned down a new contract at St James’ Park, as he goes into the last year of his current deal.
But the Magpies have made French international full back Mathieu Debuchy their prime target and Pardew indicated yesterday that, should they fail in that attempt, Simpson could still remain with Newcastle next season – even if he refuses to sign a new deal.
“Danny could play the whole season next year,” Pardew said.
“We’ll have to see.”
Links with Carr came as the 35-year-old comes to the end of his current contract at St Andrew’s.
Wolves were also reported to be interested in the former Tottenham and Newcastle United right back, but they have refuted those claims.
The Republic of Ireland international is keen to prolong his career more than three years after coming out of retirement.
But it is understood he is not on the wanted list of Burnley boss Howe either.
Although the Clarets boss has been looking to add experience in defence - notably with his pursuit of Derby’s Jason Shackell, after handing long-serving defender Michael Duff a new 12-month deal - Burnley are happy with their options at right back.
O’Neill arrived from Mansfield on a two-year deal worth £100,000 earlier this month and is likely to be understudy to Trippier in the coming season.
O’Neill is packed with potential, fitting the young and talented profile that Howe tends to prefer to recruit.
Carr, on the other hand, is coming to the end of his career after seizing a second chance at Birmingham.