Clarets set to sign Kightly after agreement with Stoke

Michael Kightly

Michael Kightly

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MICHAEL Kightly is set to stay at Burnley, after promotion triggered a clause in his loan deal from Stoke City.

The Clarets are understood to have made an agreement with the Premier League side that they would sign the winger permanently in the event of a top flight return, after he joined on a season-long loan in September.

Kightly has so far made 37 appearances for Burnley, including 31 starts, since being reunited with Sean Dyche, who he first worked with at Watford.

The 28-year-old has scored six goals, the most significant being the winner at Blackpool to fire the Clarets closer to promotion, going on to add the second in the 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic which confirmed the second automatic slot on Easter Monday.

And it seems set to have paved the way for Burnley to sign Kightly full-time, with a deal in place for the promoted Clarets to buy him out of the remaining year of his Stoke contract.

Kightly’s transfer to the Britannia from Wolves two years ago is reported to have cost £3million including add-ons. It is not yet known how much his latest move would cost Burnley, who are also believed to be weighing up a bid for Watford’s Troy Deeney.

The 25-year-old is top scorer at Vicarage Road this season with 23, and is well known to Dyche having signed for the Hornets in 2010 while the Burnley boss was on the coaching staff.

Until he is able to make advancements in his recruitment and scouting structure it is likely the Clarets boss will maintain a preference for tried and trusted players in seeking to enhance his squad this summer in preparation for the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has backed Kightly to shine in the Premier League with Burnley.

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“He’s a good player Kights. He’s got a je ne sais quoi,” said McCarthy, who signed Kightly in his first season as Wolves boss in 2006/07.

“He had so many injuries. If he hadn’t have been injured like he was at Wolves he’d have been a top player in a top team throughout.

“I’m delighted for him that he’s back playing at that level because he’s a great kid.”

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9:07am Wed 30 Apr 14

MET1983 says...

Nice to see the Wheels are in motion for next year so early.
As for Kightly, a great player and a great signing, sure he will do well for us again next year.

Onwards & Upwards!
Nice to see the Wheels are in motion for next year so early. As for Kightly, a great player and a great signing, sure he will do well for us again next year. Onwards & Upwards! MET1983
  • Score: 16

9:43am Wed 30 Apr 14

Dublin Claret says...

Kights is such a hard working player who suits the Burnley team ethic, but his end product needs to improve alot more.
Of the other rumours, Deeney would be a good buy , at the right price, but forget
about the woeful eagles and not good enough bardsley, two complete wasters.
Kights is such a hard working player who suits the Burnley team ethic, but his end product needs to improve alot more. Of the other rumours, Deeney would be a good buy , at the right price, but forget about the woeful eagles and not good enough bardsley, two complete wasters. Dublin Claret
  • Score: 12

10:26am Wed 30 Apr 14

MikeMada says...

Wholly agree with Kights. Good signs that he can develop more as have Ings and Vokes, not to mention Marney, Jones and Arfield under the tutelage of Dyche.

The managers capacity to wring the very best out of some (there will be some leavers who have not responded) hints at a successful season next year as well.
Wholly agree with Kights. Good signs that he can develop more as have Ings and Vokes, not to mention Marney, Jones and Arfield under the tutelage of Dyche. The managers capacity to wring the very best out of some (there will be some leavers who have not responded) hints at a successful season next year as well. MikeMada
  • Score: 6

10:31am Wed 30 Apr 14

Scamp Kingsley says...

Shows the value of going up automatically. We've 5 weeks more time (compared to the playoff winners) to scope out key signings a get things in place for the PL.
THE CLARETS ARE PREMIER LEAGUE!
Shows the value of going up automatically. We've 5 weeks more time (compared to the playoff winners) to scope out key signings a get things in place for the PL. THE CLARETS ARE PREMIER LEAGUE! Scamp Kingsley
  • Score: 6

11:03am Wed 30 Apr 14

garry_stockton says...

Once again positive signs from the Clarets hierarchy. TD would be a tremendous start to our new acquisitions, Kightly was a knocking bet who next? Think Ginger deserves a break with his own family, before his missus sues for divorce due to neglect.............
....Is the Reading game on TV?
Once again positive signs from the Clarets hierarchy. TD would be a tremendous start to our new acquisitions, Kightly was a knocking bet who next? Think Ginger deserves a break with his own family, before his missus sues for divorce due to neglect............. ....Is the Reading game on TV? garry_stockton
  • Score: 6

12:30pm Wed 30 Apr 14

TurfMoorTom says...

So that'll be the first Premier League player contract. Best make sure a clause is included for relegation. Future turmoil beckons.............
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So that'll be the first Premier League player contract. Best make sure a clause is included for relegation. Future turmoil beckons............. .. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -18

1:19pm Wed 30 Apr 14

twquick says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
So that'll be the first Premier League player contract. Best make sure a clause is included for relegation. Future turmoil beckons.............

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Oh tommy boy, eats you from the inside out. Another fantasy, Kightly returning to Stoke, crushed under the weight of the Clarets forward thinking. Must be terrible times in your house. GO CLARETS!
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: So that'll be the first Premier League player contract. Best make sure a clause is included for relegation. Future turmoil beckons............. ..[/p][/quote]Oh tommy boy, eats you from the inside out. Another fantasy, Kightly returning to Stoke, crushed under the weight of the Clarets forward thinking. Must be terrible times in your house. GO CLARETS! twquick
  • Score: 7

3:47pm Wed 30 Apr 14

no ney never says...

No one all season has been allowed to mention promotion. Yet either the board at Burnley or Sean had the foresight to include a clause in this loan deal. The stuff blackburn can only dream about.

Burnley FC.....had promotion planned 12 months ago.
No one all season has been allowed to mention promotion. Yet either the board at Burnley or Sean had the foresight to include a clause in this loan deal. The stuff blackburn can only dream about. Burnley FC.....had promotion planned 12 months ago. no ney never
  • Score: 8

3:59pm Wed 30 Apr 14

no ney never says...

Just a thought, maybe it would be helpful for blackburn to enrol a few of their staff on a diploma course at the University of Football at Burnley! Will probably be taking students for the next academic year at the moment.

Burnley FC. ....preaching what we practice.
Just a thought, maybe it would be helpful for blackburn to enrol a few of their staff on a diploma course at the University of Football at Burnley! Will probably be taking students for the next academic year at the moment. Burnley FC. ....preaching what we practice. no ney never
  • Score: 6

4:38pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Fan@clared says...

no ney never wrote:
Just a thought, maybe it would be helpful for blackburn to enrol a few of their staff on a diploma course at the University of Football at Burnley! Will probably be taking students for the next academic year at the moment.

Burnley FC. ....preaching what we practice.
Yes but aren’t you supposed to be able to read and write on these courses?.
[quote][p][bold]no ney never[/bold] wrote: Just a thought, maybe it would be helpful for blackburn to enrol a few of their staff on a diploma course at the University of Football at Burnley! Will probably be taking students for the next academic year at the moment. Burnley FC. ....preaching what we practice.[/p][/quote]Yes but aren’t you supposed to be able to read and write on these courses?. Fan@clared
  • Score: 4

7:27pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Burnley59/60 says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
So that'll be the first Premier League player contract. Best make sure a clause is included for relegation. Future turmoil beckons.............

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Still looking for a village !!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: So that'll be the first Premier League player contract. Best make sure a clause is included for relegation. Future turmoil beckons............. ..[/p][/quote]Still looking for a village !!!!!! Burnley59/60
  • Score: 5

8:08am Thu 1 May 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Burnley59/60 wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote:
So that'll be the first Premier League player contract. Best make sure a clause is included for relegation. Future turmoil beckons.............


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Still looking for a village !!!!!!
No need - I found a ground full of 'em - called Turd Moor. When I say full, actually thinking about it I mean half full. And the capacity's not great at that but if we keep breeding between ourselves we may one day fill it.
[quote][p][bold]Burnley59/60[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: So that'll be the first Premier League player contract. Best make sure a clause is included for relegation. Future turmoil beckons............. ..[/p][/quote]Still looking for a village !!!!!![/p][/quote]No need - I found a ground full of 'em - called Turd Moor. When I say full, actually thinking about it I mean half full. And the capacity's not great at that but if we keep breeding between ourselves we may one day fill it. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -2

3:39pm Thu 1 May 14

RobH2O says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Burnley59/60 wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote:
So that'll be the first Premier League player contract. Best make sure a clause is included for relegation. Future turmoil beckons.............



..
Still looking for a village !!!!!!
No need - I found a ground full of 'em - called Turd Moor. When I say full, actually thinking about it I mean half full. And the capacity's not great at that but if we keep breeding between ourselves we may one day fill it.
"Thinking about it". Only slowly then. You're not very quick on the uptake are you. Your website's rubbish by the way. Love the vandalism on Wikipedia. I was one that contributed too the kick in your clubs nuts. See you traced mt Celtic half-cousin. Bet you can't find me short-stop.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Burnley59/60[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: So that'll be the first Premier League player contract. Best make sure a clause is included for relegation. Future turmoil beckons............. ..[/p][/quote]Still looking for a village !!!!!![/p][/quote]No need - I found a ground full of 'em - called Turd Moor. When I say full, actually thinking about it I mean half full. And the capacity's not great at that but if we keep breeding between ourselves we may one day fill it.[/p][/quote]"Thinking about it". Only slowly then. You're not very quick on the uptake are you. Your website's rubbish by the way. Love the vandalism on Wikipedia. I was one that contributed too the kick in your clubs nuts. See you traced mt Celtic half-cousin. Bet you can't find me short-stop. RobH2O
  • Score: 1

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