City Release Thomas Isherwood

Thomas Isherwood Departs Valley Parade

Bradford City have today confirmed they have released defender Thomas Isherwood from his contract by mutual consent and he will leave the club with immediate effect.

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The Swedish central defender arrived at Valley Parade in the summer of 2018 having signed from Bayern Munich following a short trial with Glasgow Rangers. Isherwood made just five appearances for the club and will now return to Sweden to continue his playing career.

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Bradford City Sign Defender

Calum Woods Joins Bradford City from Preston North End

Bradford City have this morning confirmed the signing defender Calum Woods until at least the end of the current season. Woods, can play in either full-back roles left-back joins the club from Sky Bet Championship side Preston North End where he has spent the last five seasons having signed from Huddersfield Town in 2014.

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The Liverpool born full-back has made more than 300 career appearances and is delighted to be joining the Bantams. Speaking about joining the club Calum Woods said, “As soon as I knew Bradford City were interested I wanted to come and play.  I have played in Sky Bet League One before, as well as having enjoyed a few promotions into the Championship, so will bring some experience with me.

Bradford City is a massive club and everybody knows the club are not where we want to be at the minute but hopefully we can start to push ourselves up the table.  There is a lot of competition for places at the back which is always healthy in a big squad. I am excited to get going and it will be a different challenge for me but an exciting one.  I remember the atmosphere at Valley Parade from a few years back and I am chomping at the bit to play there in front of the club’s fantastic home support.”

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Tottenham Duo Interesting Clarets

Clarets Showing Interest In Janssen & Nkouduo

Clarets interested in signing Spurs Dutch international striker Vincent Janssen who has been told he is free to leave White Hart Lane this month for £15million.  The striker has battled back to fitness following a foot injury but does not figure in Maurico Pochettino’s plans despite Tottenham’s current injuries.

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Holland international Janssen has already turned down a loan move to Sevilla as he would prefer a permanent transfer. There has been tentative interest from China and clubs in the MLS and Janssen, who is popular with team-mates, will consider all options as he looks to kickstart his career.

The Clarets are said to be also interested in taking back Georges-Kevin Nkoudou who had a loan spell with the Premier League club last season, he has also available despite his performance in Sunday’s win against Fulham.  Tottenham will stick their policy of not recruiting new players simply to cover short-term injury problems at the club.

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Burnley Monitoring Downing Situation

Sean Dyche Interested In Stewart Downing

Stewart Downing and Middlesbrough’s hierarchy will attempt to reach a compromise this week that allows him to start matches during the remainder of the season. The former England winger is currently benched because the club do not want to trigger a one-year contract extension, which kicks in after one more start.

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Burnley Football Club are currently monitoring the situation, however Stuart Downing, does not want to leave his hometown club and Boro boss Tony Pulis is keen for him to stay.  He has made 22 appearances this season and has been a key part of Pulis’ plans.

However, chairman Steve Gibson is also mindful of the need to reduce the club’s wage bill and it is said he wants to avoid paying an ageing player £35,000 a week in wages. This leaves Downing in limbo and potentially looking for a new club before the end of the month, if no agreement can be reached his current contract will expire in the summer. The alternatives include a new contract on reduced money or the ludicrous position where he can only feature as a substitute, so not to trigger the contract extension as Boro bid for promotion back to the Premier League.

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Dwight McNeil Extends Contract

Clarets Winger Dwight McNeil Extends Clarets Contract

Burnley Football Club have today confirmed that teenage winger Dwight McNeil has signed a four year extension to his current contract meaning that he is signed to the Clarets until the end of the 2023 season, with the club holding an additional twelve months on the back of an outstanding break-through season at first-team level.

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The contract extension caps a remarkable few months for the 19-year-old, who signed his first professional contract at Turf Moor last April 2018. McNeil made his senior debut as a substitute on the final day of last season and has quickly developed into a key member of Sean Dyche’s senior squad.

The left-sided player started a full-time two-year scholarship two years later and after impressing at U18 & U23 level earned a professional contract. He has since made eight first-team starts, plus three further appearances from the bench, across four different competitions, making his full senior debut in the Europa League at the end of August.

His first Premier League start came a few days later against Manchester United and his first top-flight goal in a 2-0 win over West Ham United at the end of December. McNeil is the first ‘homegrown’ player to make a major first-team impact at Turf Moor since Jay Rodriguez but reflects the increasing success of the Clarets’ Academy.

Speaking about his contract extension Dwight McNeil said, “A lot has happened in a short space of time and I’m happy to have signed a new deal. I hadn’t really thought this far ahead but I’m just happy it’s come so soon. The main aim was to sign it so I can focus on my football and I’ve done that now so I can focus and crack on with playing.

I think I’ve taken my opportunity well and I can build on that, hopefully I can stay in the team and really focus on this season. I think we’re doing well and we’ve got to keep that form going.  It’s a dream staying in the Premier League, It’s the best league in the world and you always want to stay and play in the Premier League.”

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Clarets Striker Starts For England

Lewis Richardson Starts For England In Agean Cup

Clarets youngster Lewis Richardson is set to add to his England caps when he starts against host nation Turkey in a group decider in the Agean Cup today. The striker, who is  a member of the Clarets’ Academy, is part of the England U16 squad playing in an eight team tournament.

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Richardson, scored as a substitute as England beat Moldova 5-1 in their last game and will start against Turkey in Tire, with both sides boasting a 100% record from their first two games in Group A. The group winners will go through to the final where they will face Russia or Spain on Saturday with the runners-up facing a third-place play-off.

England U16 Coach Kevin Betsy said, “Lewis came off the bench to score and did really well. All of your staff at Burnley should be really proud of the work you have done with Lewis who is an excellent player and a credit to Burnley Football Club.”

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Manchester United Looking to Loan Out McTominay

Clarets Could Take United Midfielder Scott McTominay On Loan

Burnley Football Club are believed to be one of the clubs interested in taking Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay on loan for the rest of the season, as you would expect there are a number of clubs in the English and Scottish Premier League’s interested.

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McTominay, who has already made 22 appearances for Manchester United including playing in the Champions League has also made 5 appearances for Scotland despite struggled to get into the United side under both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.

Lancashire born and with former Clarets midfielder Mike Phelan back at Old Trafford a loan deal for the Manchester United youngster at Turf Moor my well be in the best interest for the player and both clubs.

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