Dyche Interested In James McArthur

De Boer Prepared to Sell McArthur

According to the Croydon Guardian, Frank de Boer is ready to let James McArthur go after Burnley have shown interest in the Scotsman.  McArthur who joined Crystal Palace from Wigan in 2014 made 95 appearances, scoring nine goals with seven assists.  It now looks likely that he will leave Selhurst Park this summer.

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The recent arrival of Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea on a season-long loan has pushed McArthur down The Eagles’ pecking order.  Jairo Riedewald is likely to join Palace from Ajax who is predominantly a centre back but he can play in central midfield which could push McArthur down even more.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is very interested in James McArthur as he tries to improve the Clarets squad for next season.  McArthur’s experience in relegation fights with Wigan  and Crystal Palace could be vital for Burnley, as a number of pundits have again tipped them for relegation in the 2017/18 season.

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Clarets Chasing Spanish Midfielder

Burnley Interested in Gonzalo Escalante

Media reports (Sky Sports) suggest that Burnley are interested in signing Argentinian midfielder Gonzalo Escalante from Spanish club Eibar.  The Basque La Liga side finished tenth in the league last season with the 24-year old playing a key role in central midfield.

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Sky Sources in Spain say Sean Dyche’s scouting team have been monitoring Escalante for the past year and believe they could do a deal for the playmaker for around £6 million.

Burnley have already signed Jack Cork from Swansea, Jonathan Walters from Stoke City and Charlie Taylor from Leeds United, whilst Rouwen Hennings has left Turf Moor for German side Dusseldorf.  The Clarets begin their Premier League campaign against the Premier League Champions Chelsea on the 12th August 12 at Stamford Bridge.

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Hull City Trial Former Bantam Keeper

Jon McLaughlin Training with Hull City

Hull City have this morning confirmed the former Burton Albion and Bradford City goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has joined the club on trail. McLaughlin joined up with the first team squad out in Portugal and took part in his first training session this morning.

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McLaughlin was released by Championship club Burton Albion and the end of last season after making 150 appearances for the Brewers he had previously spent six years playing for Bradford City making 138 appearances, which also included the 2013 Capital One Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

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Clarets Keeper Retires

Paul Robinson Retires

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed that goalkeeper Paul Robinson has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 37.  Former England goalkeeper made over 500 senior appearances and featured three times for Burnley in the Premier League last season

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Robinson won 41 caps for England between 2003 and 2007 and played in all five games at the 2006 World Cup.  He started his career with Leeds United before moving on to Tottenham, Blackburn before ending his career at Burnley.

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Shamrock Rovers v Burnley

Shamrock Rovers 0 v 4 Burnley (Pre-Season Friendly)

Burnley will be set bigger challenges this coming season but there was delight all-round as Sean Dyche’s men made a winning start to their pre-season by beating their Dublin opponents  Shamrock Rovers.

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Burnley started the brighter against their Dublin hosts with Steven Defour finding Walters on the edge of the box, but the Irish striker fired his effort over with only sixty seconds gone.  However it was not long before the Lancastrian’s pressure told as former Stoke City man Jon Walters opened the scoring on nine minutes. The 33-year-old forward raced onto Jack Cork’s through-ball before slotting under Rovers keeper Kevin Horgan to put his side into the lead.

The Dubliner’s rallied after conceding with Michael O’Connor forcing a fine save from England international Tom Heaton with a low effort 12 minutes later.  The hosts again threatened but Dyche’s men were rescued after Tarkowski’s great defensive header to clear a dangerous in-swinging free kick. Unfortunately for the home side the resulting corner came to nothing as the Premier League team showed their defensive solidity.

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On thirty-four minutes, goalscorer Walters was replaced by Daniel Agyei who then tested keeper Horgan with a low angled drive which Rovers cleared off the line.  Johann Berg Gudmundsson then fed Gray down the left flank, but Horgan did well to get down to and prevent the forward from scoring with just a few seconds remaining in the first-half

The Premier League visitors made a number of substitutions during the break to allow many of the travelling squad valuable game-time.  One of the substitutes Ashley Barnes, on for Gudmundsson made an impact on fifty-three minutes as he made it 2-0 after taking Lowton’s long ball in his stride the former Brighton player curled a stunner past keeper Horgan to double Burnley’s lead.

Rovers refused to be cowed as Michael O’Connor tested Heaton’s replacement Nick Pope with a 30 yard volley as the former Charlton stopper tipped the shot over the bar with twenty-six minutes remaining. But with nineteen minutes left Burnley made the game safe as Robbie Brady made it 3-0 with a lovely shimmy and side-foot finish following good work by Stephen Ward.

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There was time for Sam Vokes to make it 4-0 after he deflected Hendrick’s driven half-volley into the net off the bar on eighty-eight minutes.  The Clarets now return to the UK and will face Kidderminster and Alfreton Town next Saturday.

Match Details

Shamrock Rovers – Horgan, Bone, Collins, Carpenter, McAllister, English, Bolger, Doona, O’Connor, Boyd, Linthorst (Subs) Dillon, Cornally, Clarke, Meenan

Burnley – Heaton, Darwika, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, O’Neill, Defour, Cork, Gudmundsson, Gray, Walters (Subs) Pope, Lowton, Ward, Anderson, Brady, Hendrick, Westwood, Barnes, Long, Vokes, Agyei, Ulvested

Goals(Burnley) Walters (9), Barnes (53), Brady (71), Vokes (88)

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Guiseley AFC v Barnsley

Guiseley AFC 3 V 3 Barnsley (Pre-Season Friendly)

National League side Guiseley AFC continued their pre-season campaign against a full strength Barnsley at Nethermoor Park. Adam Lockwood made a number of changes to the side that lost to Leeds United on saturday, with Joe Green starting in-goal and no fewer than seven trialist’s including former Manchester City player Adam Drury.

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Guiseley played out an entertaining six goal thriller at Nethermoor this evening to share the spoils with Championship side Barnsley in a game that ended all square at three goals apiece.  As with Saturday’s game against Leeds it was the visitors who took the lead when Isgrove’s shot took a wicked deflection and looped over Joe Green in the Guiseley goal.

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However, the home side were soon back on level terms when a corner was headed out to a Trialist and his shot whistled through a posse of players and took a slight deflection to deceive Jack Walton on 33 minutes.

The Lions then took the lead for the first time when a Barnsley defender was caught in possession and the Guiseley number 10 evaded the keeper and laid it on for number 11 to apply the finishing touch on 41 minutes.

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The restart saw the home side make wholesale changes and Jonny Maxted did well to deny Nick Townsend before Adam Hammil rifled a left foot shot into the top corner to square matters once again just before the hour.

New striker Reece Thompson opened his Nethermoor account with a deft backheel after number 22’s header had come back off the angle to restore the Lions advantage.

John Rooney then hit the bar with a curling free kick, but it was the Tykes who completed the goal fest when a peach of a shot from the edge of the area into the far corner.

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Adam Lockwood will take away a number of positives from tonight’s game against a full strength Championship side in Barnsley, he will now turn his thoughts to saturday first away game of the season, when his side travel to South Yorkshire to take on Parkgate.

Match Details

Guiseley AFC – Green, Drury, Trialist, Weslowski, Palmer, Lowe, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist (Subs) Williams, Trialist, Lawlor, Atkinson, Maxted, Hatfield, Rooney, East, Thompson, Trialist, Trialist, Smith, Gomersall

Barnsley – Walton, Yiadon, Fryers, Pinnock, Mallan, Jackson, Hedges, Isgrove, Mowatt, Bradshaw, Dalmedia (Subs) Townsend, McCarthy, Williams, MacDonald, Moncur, Bird, Hammill, Palmer, Jackson, Smith, Brown

Goals(Guiseley) Trialist (2), Thompson (Barnsley) Isgrove, Fryers, Moncur

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Burnley Sign Jack Cork

Clarets Sign Jack Cork From Swansea City

Former Clarets loanee Jack Cork has resigned for Burnley and admitted it was great to be back at Turf Moor after being reunited with the Clarets.  The former England U21 midfielder signed a four-year deal after leaving Swansea City and become the third signing of the summer.

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Cork, who made 57 appearances for Burnley on loan from Chelsea between January 2010 and May 2011 is delighted to be back at Turf Moor, speaking about signing for the club Cork said, “It’s great to be back, I’ve got some great memories from the year and a half I was here and it’s good to come back and see some old faces.

It’s good to come back and try and have another go here especially in the Premiership. A lot has changed the whole set-up and the playing staff is completely different to when I was here last.  It’s a new challenge for me and one I’m excited about and looking forward to meeting new people.

Cork, who joined the Swans in 2015 and captained the Welsh side last season added, Swansea have signed someone in the same position and we have a lot of midfielders so it was going to be a difficult year. The bid came in and both me and the club were keen to talk to Burnley.  It’s been a busy couple of days, but I had the medical yesterday and then flew out today and it’s good to be here.”

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