Adrian Heath has issued a hands-off warning over Turf Moor's lethal weapon Kurt Nogan (pictured).

The Burnley chief admits 24-goal Nogan is generating interest with transfer deadline day just a week away. But Heath-who stepped up his hunt own for a fresh face for Saturday's Second Division head-to-head at Oxford United-said today: "I have spoken to a player and his manager about a signing in time for the weekend.

"Hopefully, I can sort something out over the next 24 hours."

Heath has been linked with several possible targets with both Tranmere Rovers' Johnny Morrissey and Bradford City defender Nicky Mohan in the frame.

And the latest name to emerge today is Port Vale's transfer-listed striker Lee Glover.

On Nogan, Heath added: "Managers will always try and test your resolve when you've got someone scoring goals like Kurt Nogan.

"But he won't be leaving Burnley unless it is something the club cannot afford to refuse.

"It would have to be a very big bid for us to sell Kurt Nogan."

Heath added: "If you're scoring goals in the lower leagues then you'll always attract attention.

"He's done it throughout his career. I can understand why people look at him. He's very quick. He is a good finisher and has a great touch and good awareness."

Nogan has been called for a three-day Wales squad get-together in Newport this Sunday as Bobby Gould prepares for next month's friendly against Switzerland.

Heath added: "I've said to Kurt Nogan that if he continues to score goals with such consistency then it is going to be very hard for Wales to ignore him.

"It is nice to think that we have an international footballer on our books."

Meanwhile, striker John Francis was due to have cartilage surgery today.

Francis has missed training for the past week and now faces at least a month on the sidelines.

Sheffield United boss Howard Kendall has gone back to former clubs Blackburn Rovers and Everton to recruit a new coach in succession to Adrian Heath.

John Bailey, who appeared in the Everton FA Cup-winning team of 1984, which Kendall managed, has been appointed initially until the end of the season, when his position will be reviewed.

Burnley's B team drew 0-0 with Oldham Athletic yesterday. The B team were also in action on Tuesday, defeating Carlisle United 3-1 with two goals from Colin Carr-Lawton and a Gareth West strike.

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