Clarets Goalkeeper Rejects New Contract

Tom Heaton Rejects Clarets Contract Extension

Burnley could be forced into seeking buyers for Tom Heaton after the England International goalkeeper turned down a new contract. Heaton, who made a positive impact upon regaining his place in the lineup after a lengthy spell out with injury, will enter the final year of his deal next month.

Heaton made his 200th appearance for Burnley on the final day of last season and was effectively England’s No 2 behind Jordan Pickford at this month’s Nations League finals. Yet the Burnley captain faces stiff competition to remain first-choice in Sean Dyche’s side, with Nick Pope – another England international – having signed a new long-term deal in May and Joe Hart also on the books.

The latter also has one year to run on his contract, and Burnley are unlikely to risk both experienced goalkeepers departing on frees next summer. Clubs including Bournemouth and Aston Villa have been credited with interest in Heaton.

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Clarets Looking For Defensive Cover

Sean Dyche Checking Out Rapid Vienna Full-Back Boli Mbombo

Burnley Football Club and Huddersfield Town are reported interested in Rapid Vienna full-back Boli Mbombo, who is the cousin of Romelu Lukaku. The full back was scouted in the Austrian top-flight last season and is expected to have more clubs competing for his signature this summer.

Sean Dyche is looking for cover and competition at left-back as Charlie Taylor played every game of the Premier League campaign after missing the first three weeks. Huddersfield are also looking to bolster their squad for a promotion challenge next season after getting relegated into the Sky Bet Championship.

Both are weighing up £3million moves for Mbombo as competition for his signature could increase later in the window. The Belgium-born wide man can also play as a winger and has experience in the Champions League from earlier in his career.

He started his career at Club Brugge in his homeland, where he made his debut as a teenager, before earning a move to Vienna two years ago. Rapid are without European football next season after falling to an eighth-place finish in the Austrian Bundesliga, losing the subsequent Europa League play-off to Sturm Graz.

Last season saw them reach the knockout rounds of the competition, beating Steaua Bucharest, Rangers and Spartak Moscow on course to a heavy round-of-32 loss to Inter Milan. Mbombo played in seven matches of that campaign, including the December 1-0 win over the Gers in Vienna.

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Hanu Mantra Gives Hart Body Armour

Joe Hart Gets New Body Tattoo

Clarets goalkeeper Joe Hart admits that his new “body armour” tattoo is not for everyone after showing off the ink job on social media. some fans have commented on the divisive body art and joked that the English goalkeeper’s curious choice was symbolic of his career of late.

Hart thanked the artist, Hanu Mantra, before acknowledging that plenty would dislike his new tattoo. On his Instagram the Burnley keeper wrote, “This is the only time of year I could take this on so I appreciate you fitting me in and smashing it!

“I got my armour on now… let’s see what’s next.

Not everyone’s taste I understand that but this definitely represents me and thank you for making it happen.”Hart has a similar full-black tattoo around his wrists and shins, completed a number of weeks ago.

Despite being prepared for a barrage of jokes, Hart received some praise for going through with the design. Instagram user Derikun14 insisted it was a “good job”.

Likewise, Pav90 told the goalkeeper: “Has to be a sore one mate! Doesn’t matter what other people’s tastes are, it’s yours.” Wayne tweeted: “Personally I think it’s horrendous, but it’s his body so good luck to him.”

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Clarets Reject Offer For Ben Gibson

Besiktas Make Ben Gibson Offer

Burnley Football Club have this afternoon confirmed they have rejected an offer from Besiktas for joint record signing Ben Gibson.  The offer from the Turkish club was an initial loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer.

The former Middlesbrough captain arrived at Turf Moor only last summer for £15m, but only made one Premier League start scoring in the 5-1 defeat to Everton on Boxing Day.

Gibson is thought to be open to a move given his lack of opportunities with the Clarets having made only five appearances in all competitions, including two in the Europa League one of which came in the 1-0 win at home against Besiktas’ city rivals Istanbul Basaksehir.

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AFC Fylde Sign Former Clarets Defender Alex Whitmore

Alex Whitmore Looking For Promotion By the Sea

AFC Fylde have today confirmed the signing of former Clarets defender Alex Whitmore following his departure from Grimsby Town at the end of last season. A product of the Burnley youth system he gained first-team experience out loan.

Whilst at Burnley he enjoy loans spells with Chester and gateshead in the Vanarama National League before further spells away from Turf Moor at Sky Bet League Two clubs Morecambe and Bury. A permanent switch to Sky Bet League Two side Chesterfield was next were he made 15 appearances, before joining Grimsby Town.

Whitmore made 35 appearances in all competitions last season for Grimsby Town, adding further experience to an already impressive Football League CV. Speaking about the move to AFC Fylde Alex Whitmore said, “Off the back of AFC Fylde’s last season, the intention will be to do one more this season and get promoted.

I’m somebody who tries their best to give everything they’ve got, I wear my heart on my sleeve and I pride myself on keeping the ball out of the back of the net. I take real pride in clean sheets and doing the horrible nitty-gritty side of things that don’t always get seen. sometimes doesn’t get seen.”

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Sean Dyche Interested In Brentford Striker

Clarets Set to Offer £15M For Brentford Striker Neal Maupay

It has been reported in the national media that Burnley Football Club are stepping up their interest in signing Brentford striker Neal Maupay, there is currently plenty of interest in the striker after he scored twenty-eight goals last season for the Bees and the club are expected to want around £20 Million.

Sevilla, Aston Villa and Sheffield United are among the clubs keen on the French forward who has two years left on contract. The former Saint-Etienne man scored forty-one goals in ninety-five appearances for the Bees. Brentford have shown that they resolute when it comes to their star names having already rejected a £9million offer from Villa for winger Said Benrahma.

Brentford have valued Maupay at around £20 Million and the Clarets are likely to start bidding at around £15 Million as Sean Dyche looks to add more attacking power to his squad.

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Clarets Interested In Bolton Wanderers Youngster

Harry Brockbank Added to Clarets Wanted List

According to journalist Alan Nixon, Premier League Burnley are hoping to snap up Bolton Wanderers defender Harry Brockbank this summer. The Trotters’ defender is a man in demand with a number of Championship clubs interested in signing him.

Sky Bet Championship outfit Brentford have been linked with him over the past month as well as Sky Bet League One clubs Sunderland and Ipswich Town. However it now appears that the Clarets could step in ahead of them and move him across Lancashire.

Brockbank, who is from Bolton, joined the Trotters as a youngster and has risen through their youth ranks. But he could leave Bolton Wanderers this summer for free following their relegation to League One. He made three appearances for Phil Parkinson’s side last season and also spent time on loan at Vanarama National League side Salford City to gain some first-team experience.

Brockbank is highly-rated by the Whites and is being tipped for a big future in the game. However his future at the University of Bolton Stadium is in doubt and he looks set for a move away this summer.

He is more likely to get first-team opportunities with the likes of Brentford, Ipswich Town or Sunderland but a move to the top flight may be too much to turn down for Brockbank. The Clarets are in the hunt for some youngsters this summer as they look to bolster their youth ranks.

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