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Howe happy as Clarets pounce for Tiger Stewart
EDDIE Howe said he was happy with his transfer deadline day business after adding signing Cameron Stewart on loan from Hull City, and the Clarets boss suggested there could be more to come when the loan window re-opens next week.
Stewart arrived on a deal until the beginning of January, ticking the boxes that Burnley manager Howe was looking to fill after losing versatile forward Danny Ings for at least three months with a knee injury.
The club explored the possibility of adding another loanee ahead of the deadline, but that now seems an option they are more likely to pursue once the embargo on loan movements is lifted next Friday, with Howe saying: “We will keep an eye on the market.”
However, he was pleased to seal a deal for Manchester United Academy product Stewart.
Although predominantly a left sided player, the 21-year-old is capable of playing on either flank and as a central striker.
The Clarets’ attacking options have been weakened by Martin Paterson also struggling with a minor hamstring injury since the opening day win over Bolton Wanderers.
There is a chance he could make the bench against Brighton tomorrow (Saturday), although it is more likely the club will look to take advantage of the two-week break for internationals and rest the striker until Championship action resumes on September 15 with the visit of Peterborough.
But Stewart is in contention for his debut.
“We’re pleased with Cameron,” said Howe. “He is a player that really starred against us last year for Hull. “I thought he was excellent and we have watched him since.
“He’s versatile, can play right and left side and can play up front, he brings pace as well to the side and has really good ability.
“We’re delighted to get him and hopefully he can have a real impact for us and help push us up the table.”
And Stewart admitted he couldn’t wait to take his chance.
“With football it’s about what’s going to progress your career and where you think you can do best and hopefully that will be here,” he said.
“Hopefully I can provide some goals for the forward players. That’s what I am here for and maybe get a few goals myself because that’s been a problem and I haven’t got as many as I would have wished.”
Burnley allowed two players to leave on loan today (Friday), with both Alex MacDonald and Jon Stewart returning to the clubs they ended the season with last year.
MacDonald returned to Plymouth on a 28-day deal and goalkeeper Stewart went back to Blue Square Premier side Alfreton Town.
Keith Treacy was linked with a move to Millwall but that seemed unlikely to go through. The winger was sent to train with the Development Squad after Tuesday’s poor performance against Plymouth, in which he was substituted at half-time.
Stephen Dobbie was linked with the Clarets but tonight joined Brighton on a three-year deal from Swansea.
Burnley also made enquiries about striker Brett Pitman but Bristol City would only entertain a permanent deal and not a loan.