Fletcher holds key to Burnley striker move

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

BURNLEY are waiting for news of Steven Fletcher’s exit from Wolves as they consider their striker options – with the Clarets’ budget set to be boosted by a sell-on fee for the Scot.

Burnley last night put the final touches to a loan deal for Reading left back Joseph Mills, with the 22-year-old at the club yesterday to discuss the deal and undergo medical checks.

The Clarets also yesterday confirmed the departure of Zavon Hines, as well as a new 12-month contract for Alex MacDonald, and they remain firmly interested in former loan striker Sam Vokes.

Vokes was included in Wolves’ squad to travel to Ireland for their pre-season training camp but it is understood that a move to Burnley is still highly possible this summer.

They face competition from one or possibly two other clubs, however, with Brighton also linked following a loan spell on the south coast last season.

The Clarets have been taking a patient approach to their quest to add a fourth striker to their squad for the new season, as they wait to see if further funds become available when Fletcher leaves Wolves.

Burnley inserted a sell-on clause in the deal that took Fletcher to Molineux two years ago and would be in line to receive a healthy fee should the Scot move on for a good price.

Fletcher is expected to depart Wolves in the near future following their relegation from the Premier League, with Sunderland strongly linked with a £10m deal for the 25-year-old.

Should his transfer go through soon, Burnley are expected to use any funds they receive to make a bid for Vokes.

There could be the added complication, though, that Fletcher’s departure could move Vokes higher up the pecking order at Molineux.

New Wolves boss Stale Solbakken will use this week’s trip to Ireland to further assess whether Vokes features in his plans, but the forward is still interested in a switch to Turf Moor.

Howe currently has three front line strikers – Charlie Austin, Danny Ings and Martin Paterson – but is keen to add another after allowing Hines to leave.

Hines signed a 12-month deal with Burnley last summer with an option for a further year, but the Clarets had been in talks over the 23-year-old’s exit after deciding not to retain him.

“Things didn't work out for me at Burnley and I don't know why really,” said Hines, who had a loan spell with Bournemouth at the end of last term.

“It was unfortunate, but I guess that is football and you have to put it behind you and move on - to show those people what they are missing.

“I think there have been a few little things going on with clubs looking to sign me, but I will leave all that with my agent.

“I see myself as playing in the Championship, but obviously I will go to League One to prove myself and show to people that I am back to my best.

“I am prepared to go anywhere, but in an ideal situation I would like to be as close to London as possible.”

But Burnley have confirmed a new one-year deal for 22-year-old MacDonald, who had been in talks over a new contract since the end of last season.

Clarets forward Cameron Howieson has arrived at the Olympic village as he prepares to represent New Zealand at the Games, with their first game against Belarus on July 26.

* Burnley’s new-look board held their first meeting since Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz were appointed as joint chairmen in May.

Garlick and Banaszkiewicz replaced outgoing chairman Barry Kilby and the duo opted to move the board meeting from Turf Moor to Gawthorpe as they met Eddie Howe and his squad as well as taking a look at the latest developments at the club’s training ground.

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10:11am Wed 18 Jul 12

johnwolf49 says...

Vokes is still interested in a move to burnley??????? so why has he said he wants o fight for his place at Wolves!
Vokes is still interested in a move to burnley??????? so why has he said he wants o fight for his place at Wolves! johnwolf49
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10:50am Wed 18 Jul 12

claretmeandyou says...

Waiting to see how much Fletcher goes for before we can invest in a fourth striker so that we know how much sell-on money we get before we buy one to me is another excuse coming out of Turf Moor. It is great to see Eddie sorting our defence out but it was quite plain that after finishing 13th. last season major surgery was needed in certain departments: namely the ineffective mid-field and a target man up front especially with the antisipated departure of Jay Rodriguez. Talking of Jay it was good to see him getting off the mark for his new club but can't we use some more of his transfer money to bring in an attacking mid-fielder and a striker in order to give us a realistic chance of at least competing in the championship next season instead of being also rans. Nice pictures of the new board meeting for the first time yesterday but it is not nice pictures that we want or polite words but action and money spent in order to get us back to the Premiership with full-houses at Turf Moor instead of a half-full stadium every other week. Eddie is doing a great job under the circumstances it is time for the new look board(but where was Brendon Flood on the pictures from yesterday) to now put their money where their mouths are and back him even more.
Waiting to see how much Fletcher goes for before we can invest in a fourth striker so that we know how much sell-on money we get before we buy one to me is another excuse coming out of Turf Moor. It is great to see Eddie sorting our defence out but it was quite plain that after finishing 13th. last season major surgery was needed in certain departments: namely the ineffective mid-field and a target man up front especially with the antisipated departure of Jay Rodriguez. Talking of Jay it was good to see him getting off the mark for his new club but can't we use some more of his transfer money to bring in an attacking mid-fielder and a striker in order to give us a realistic chance of at least competing in the championship next season instead of being also rans. Nice pictures of the new board meeting for the first time yesterday but it is not nice pictures that we want or polite words but action and money spent in order to get us back to the Premiership with full-houses at Turf Moor instead of a half-full stadium every other week. Eddie is doing a great job under the circumstances it is time for the new look board(but where was Brendon Flood on the pictures from yesterday) to now put their money where their mouths are and back him even more. claretmeandyou
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5:06pm Thu 19 Jul 12

no ney never says...

Its my belief that the continual upgrade of the training facilities helps sell our club to potential targets in addition to assisting our squad to play better.
Though we do need to continue developing the Turf, its more important to ensure we first provide the best training facilities we can. Barry (top man) has had a world class pitch laid, two new stands built at the Turf and began putting money into the training facilities when steve cotterill complained.
We aren't a bad championship side, have had a taste of the prem, are a well run club, have a great manager, good training facilities, a world class pitch and a ground that will be developed further when the finances allow it. My glass of Claret is half full!

Howe the lads
Its my belief that the continual upgrade of the training facilities helps sell our club to potential targets in addition to assisting our squad to play better. Though we do need to continue developing the Turf, its more important to ensure we first provide the best training facilities we can. Barry (top man) has had a world class pitch laid, two new stands built at the Turf and began putting money into the training facilities when steve cotterill complained. We aren't a bad championship side, have had a taste of the prem, are a well run club, have a great manager, good training facilities, a world class pitch and a ground that will be developed further when the finances allow it. My glass of Claret is half full! Howe the lads no ney never
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