Clarets boss Howe prepared to bolster his Turf Moor squad by borrowing stars (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Clarets boss Howe prepared to bolster his Turf Moor squad by borrowing stars
BURNLEY will again look to take advantage of the loan market this season, after bolstering their squad with temporary signings last term.
And the Clarets have first option on Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves should Owen Coyle wish to allow the young striker to take time out from the Reebok in the last year of his current contract.
The agreement was set up as part of the joint £3million deal which took Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears to Bolton last summer, after Burnley lost out to Bolton Wanderers two years ago.
The Clarets were looking to sign the former Crewe hotshot from Oldham Athletic, but Coyle was alerted to Eaves after he scored a hat-trick against his side in a pre-season friendly at Boundary Park in July 2010, and signed the then teenager on a three-year deal for £250,000.
After a steady year in the reserves Eaves was expected to try to break into the squad in his second season, and impressed when the players returned for pre-season training last summer.
But a knee injury sustained on their tour of America held him back, and he has yet to make a senior appearance for Bolton, who have added Marvin Sordell and David Ngog to their attacking ranks in the previous two transfer windows, while retaining Kevin Davies on a one-year contract extension.
Eaves is one of a number of options the Clarets could look to explore to add to their squad this summer, with Wanderers likely to loan the 20-year-old out despite preparing for life in the Championship.
The Clarets strengthened numbers at key times last season, with Sam Vokes arriving from Wolves for a two-month spell from November, before Josh McQuoid completed a 93-day deal from Millwall in January.
Ben Mee and had initially joined on loan from Manchester City before the season got underway, with right back Kieran Trippier following after Tyrone Mears was sold to Bolton.
The defensive duo went on to make their Turf Moor moves permanent in January, as Burnley came under threat from rival clubs who had been impressed by the pair’s performances in the first half of the season.
Howe has been looking into the possibility of a full-time return for Vokes, although a change in management at Molineux is one of a number of factors that could hinder any attempt to secure the targetman on a permanent deal.
The Clarets have also so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to sign central defender Jason Shackell from Derby County.
Right back Luke O’Neill is the only new addition to date.
The 20-year-old signed a two-year deal from Mansfield, for a fee that could rise to £100,000, not £200,000 as initially reported.
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