Former Clarets Midfielder Looking For Football Return

Kevin McDonald Wants Football Return After Successful Kidney Transplant

Former Burnley, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald has said “He will do whatever needs to be done to get back on the pitch” after a successful kidney transplant. The thirty-two year old had been living with a chronic kidney illness for fourteen years, which began to deteriorate forcing him to stop playing football last season.

Having received a kidney transplant from his brother Fraser in May, Kevin MacDonald made one hundred and twenty-eight appearances for Fulham after joining from Wolves in 2016 and left the club in June. The Scot, who was capped five times by his country, has been working with Fulham’s U23 & U18 teams last season while waiting for his transplant.

However, having completed a three-month recovery period, McDonald is back training and hopeful of playing again. Speaking about getting back into the game Kevin MacDonald said, “Whoever gives me the chance now, I’ll obviously be grateful to them. I know that I’m going to do a bit of a trial but it is what it is. To have the chance to play football again is more than enough for me, so whatever needs to be done I’ll do it to get back on the pitch.”

Kevin McDonald revealed his body initially rejected the donated organ unexpectedly after the surgery, meaning he ended up spending an additional two weeks in hospital. “Luckily enough, I underwent the treatment to kind of deal with the rejection and luckily enough that worked.” But the plan was to be in for four days and in the end I was in for eighteen days. So the extra fourteen days I was in I was hooked up to a drip for six hours each day, to make sure the kidney didn’t fully reject. Luckily enough the treatment did its work and we are here and we’re safe now.”

Kevin McDonald Aleksandar Mitrovic

Fraser said he suffered quite a lot of pain in the immediate aftermath of the surgery. He was able to go home three days later and said he has been “slowly building” himself back up. Kevin, meanwhile said dealing with fatigue was more of an issue than pain. “My side of things was more that I was seriously fatigued. I was losing muscle by the day, II went in at 94 kilograms and I came out at 85, so you could see it on me that I’d lost a lot of weight.

I was just so tired at all times really, I’d go for a shower and then I’d need to lie down for half an hour. It was strange in that sense, but as times went on, like Fraser, things have improved fitness and recovery wise.  I’m out doing running now, I’m on a six weeks pre-season kind of programme and I’m just in the final week of that just now. So the aim is to get back in and try and play football again.”

McDonald’s operation was initially due to take place in March but it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He eventually went into two weeks of isolation in May, with his brother and wife. They joked they came close to falling out playing Mario Kart during isolation and that Fraser is owed a good present this Christmas from his brother. As soon as it came to light it needed to happen, I was happy for it to go ahead,” Fraser said. “It was really just a case of when it was needed. Thankfully it was a match and it was all good.”

Kevin now says he is working towards getting his football fitness back, easing back into training with a group of people as well as getting a guard fitted to protect his kidney. After that he will know whether a return to playing professionally is achievable. “I need to get in amongst a training group and obviously still be careful and stuff because of my immune system etc, but I need to play these little games and normal training now to get to a level of fitness where I want to be.  I’m at a good level of fitness now to go running and stuff but I need football fitness now. So we’ve got an appointment to get a kidney guard fitted at the hospital and from then on we’ll be looking to crack on with training and see where I am  and that will be the moment that tells me if I’m able to play football again or I need to go and look at something else.”

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Clarets Boss Signs Contract Extension

Sean Dyche Signs Four Year Contract Extension

Burnley Football Club have today confirmed that manager Sean Dyche has committed his future to the club by signing a new long term contract. The manager has signed a four year contract with the Clarets making him the longest-serving manager in the Premier League committing his long-term future to the club, alongside assistant manager Ian Woan.

The deal secures Dyche’s future at the club for another four years as the Clarets compete in a sixth-successive season in the Premier League. As the longest-serving manager in the league he will be extending a successful nine-year spell at the helm which has seen two promotions from the Sky Bet Championship, two top-half Premier League finishes and qualification for Europe for the first time in fifty-one years.

Dyche took over as Burnley FC manager in October 2012 following a season at Watford and steered the club to an 11th place finish in the Sky Bet Championship. The following season, he guided the club to second place and with-it promotion to the Premier League following a four-year absence. 

Despite relegation from the Premier League, the club consolidated under the former defender and returned to the top-flight as champions the very next season, before securing Premier League status. The Clarets have now registered six successive campaigns in the top-flight. In that period the club achieved its best finish since 1974 with a seventh-place finish in the 2017-18 Premier League season which also saw the Clarets qualify for the UEFA Europa League. 

Speaking about signing his new contract extension manager Sean Dyche said, “He was pleased to end the speculation and look towards delivering results in the matches this season. It’s nice to be able to get this deal completed and now look towards the future of this football club and its constant evolution. I have a strong affinity with the area and our supporters after so many years here and I look forward to putting in the hard work needed to keep the club moving in the right direction. 

“It was an important summer for us to add talent and depth to the team, but the work doesn’t stop there. As a club we’re about developing and improving players and the environment we foster here is so important to that. I am looking forward to continuing to develop that environment, work with a great group of players and coaches and to build on the positive relationship with our new ownership headed up by Alan.”

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North Ribblesdale v Old Grovians

North Ribblesdale 15 v 19 Old Grovians (Yorkshire League Division Two)

North Ribblesdale returned to league action on Saturday as they entertained Old Grovians in a Yorkshire League Division Two fixture at Grove Park, it was the first competitive game to be held at the venue in five hundred and forty-six days due to the worldwide pandemic.

As the players took to the field the weather took a change for the worst as the rain poured down and didn’t stop for the whole match. North Ribblesdale made a number of changes with Callum Wilson, Richard Lynn, Adam Middleton & Will Both all out due to long term injuries, this gave an opportunity to some of the other squad members and the Colts.

Both teams showed some good attacking intent in the opening twenty minutes of the game but neither side managed to break through their opponents defensive line in order to score a try. North Ribblesdale did manage to take the lead, when Thwaites scored a penalty kick from around twenty meters on the left to give the home side a 3-0 lead.

Old Grovian’s responded well and just five minutes later fly-half Louis Anderson scored a penalty for the visitors to bring the scores level at 3-3. On twenty-fours minutes, with the visitors on top centre Anthony Griffin was held up over the line as Grovian’s continued to dominate the play in the Ribblesdale half. A few minutes later Anderson added his second penalty to give Grovians a 6-3 lead.

On the half hour, the visitors should have extended their lead when Innocent Mazhambe charged through two tackles into the Ribblesdale twenty-two before being hauled down just short of the try line after some excellent defensive work by North Ribblesdale. The tackle left Mazhambe injured and following treatment he was replaced by Jona Schmidt.

Louis Anderson added another penalty on thirty-five minutes, as the visitors extended their lead by a further three points to make the score 3-9. However, North Ribblesdale finished the stronger of the two sides with a number of attacks into the visitors half as the referee added twelve minutes injury time. During one of the attacks the visitors lost a second player when prop Will Robinson suffering an ankle injury and was replaced by Jack De’ath as the match reached half-time with the score at 3-9.

Sam Boatwright (Player Coach) must have given an inspirational team talk at half-time as North Ribblesdale came out for the second-half like a different team. The home side spent the first ten minutes of the second-half camped in the Old Grovian’s half and should have taken the lead, but for some excellent defending by the visitors.

On sixty minutes, Louis Anderson and Paddy Ziegler made a break into the Ribblesdale half and the all-time Grovian’s try scorer Griffin was on hand to take the pass and shrug off three tackles to put the ball down over the line and extend the lead to 3-14. Louis Anderson then converted to increase the visitors lead to 3-16.

North Ribblesdale continued to battle until the final whistle and they gave themselves some hope on seventy minutes when a forward surge saw Ian Close score a try to make the score 8-16. However, Thwaites failed to add to the scoreline missing the conversion which left the visitors two scores and eight points ahead.

The visitors were then awarded another penalty on seventy-five minutes, with Anderson scored increasing the visitors lead to 8-19. The visitors, then lost a man with two minutes remaining when Sam Dodd was shown a yellow card as Old Grovian’s were penalised.

In the very last move in the match Adam Stubbs forced his way over the try line from a line out to bring the score back to 13-19, before Michael Thwaites added the conversion to make the full-time score 15-19.

Speaking after the match Old Grovians manager Andy Hinchliffe said, Just like last week, the team spirit shone through in the great second half defensive effort. The commitment and effort from every player was outstanding, they gave 100% for the full match and you can’t ask your players for more”.

Match Details

North Ribblesdale – Stubbs, I.Close, J.Thwaite, Willsher, Boatwright, Robinson, A.Thwaite, Marshall, Sumner, Wallbank, Depledge, Coutherd, Firth (Subs) Hewitt, Brown, Davidson

Old Grovians – Robinson, Driver, Kvedas, Dodd, Mazhambe, Neal, Mahon, Blackhall, Brown, Anderson, Evans, Griffin, Ziegler, Butler, Kennedy (Subs) Schmidt, Devittoris, De’ath

Scorers(North Ribblesdale) Tries I.Close, Stubbs Conversions – M.Thwaite Penalty – M.Thwaite (Old Grovians) Tries – Griffin Conversions -Anderson Pentalties – Anderson (4)

Attendance – 80

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Clarets Defender Signs Contract Extension

Bobby Thomas Signs New Three Year Contract At Turf Moor

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed that defender Bobby Thomas has been rewarded with three-year contract. Thomas, has earned an extended stay after progressing through the Academy ranks to become part of the senior squad at Burnley.

The twenty year old is delighted to have secured a long-term contract as he looks to continue his upward trajectory with the Clarets. Speaking about signing a new contract Thomas said, “It’s something you work towards since you are a young kid, signing a long term contract at an established Premier League club is a nice feeling. it’s an important step coming out of the U23’s, hopefully into a first-team environment, whenever that may be which will be a nice reward for working hard and all the sacrifices.”

Thomas who joined Burnley as a scholar in 2017 and went on to become the club’s young player of the year in 2019 made his senior Clarets’ debut in a Carabao Cup win at Millwall last September. The central defender has also made it as far as the bench in the Premier League and as well being a regular at Under-23 level, enjoyed a successful loan spell in Sky Bet League Two last season with Barrow AFC.

Thomas made Twenty One appearances for the Bluebirds and played a key role in their survival in the EFL in the club’s first season back in the League for forty-eight years. “I really enjoyed my time there and felt like I learned loads. It kind of modelled me into a different player because I didn’t really have the experience. I feel like I do now from just one loan. Even though it was for just half a season I really feel like I did learn and develop a lot. We just scraped staying up and I wouldn’t change it. We had really good team and it was really enjoyable.”

A further future loan move may be on the agenda for Thomas, although the Chester-born defender will remain with Burnley until at least the January transfer window as he looks to continue his growth with the first-team squad and potentially feature for the U23’s in Premier League Two.

Thomas added, “It’s what you want. You are training with the first team near enough every day and you just feel yourself getting a bit sharper every day,” said Thomas, who scored the Clarets’ winner in a pre-season friendly at Blackpool in July. It’s a nice group to be around to develop yourself on and off the pitch.  I’ll be working hard in training and then the plan is first-team football, wherever that may be. Wherever I’m needed, wherever they want me to play is where I’ll be playing, whether that’s on loan or here. I just want to be playing first-team football at some point with three points on the line.”

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Clarets keeper Wins Player of the Month

Bailey Peacock-Farrell Named Owls Player of the Month

Burnley Football Club’s on loan goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has been voted as our official Sheffield Wednesday August Player of the Month. The twenty-four year old has made six appearances for the Owls since joining on a season-long loan from Premier League club.

The Owls goalkeeper has started the campaign in outstanding form with five clean sheets from six games. Amongst the highlights in August was Peacock-Farrell’s starring role in our 2-0 win at Rotherham, when the shot-stopper produced an incredible penalty save in first half stoppage time to send us in at the break level.

Currently away on international duty with Northern Ireland, he is replicating club form for his country and made another superb penalty save in a 2022 World Cup qualifying victory against Lithuania. Bailey Peacock-Farrell scooped the August award with 55% of the vote.

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Burnley Complete Signing of Welsh International Defender

Clarets Sign Connor Roberts From Swansea City

Burnley Football Club have this afternoon confirmed the signing of Connor Roberts from Sky Bet Championship side Swansea City. The right-back has signed a four year deal with the Clarets after becoming the clubs fifth summer signing ahead of the transfer deadline.

The right-back played a handful of top-flight games for the Swans prior to their relegation from the Premier League. Having just missed out on a return last season by helping Swansea reach the Sky Bet Championship play-off final, the Wales international is ready to embrace another opportunity with Sean Dyche’s squad.

Speaking about signing for the Clarets Connor Roberts said, “I was privileged enough to play a handful of games for Swansea City in the Premier League, we got relegated that season, which was heart-breaking for myself as a Swansea lad, but this is a different type of challenge for me now coming here. You’ve got players who have played many years in the Premier League, brilliant players and it’s going to be a challenge to firstly try and get in the team and play as many games as I can and I’m willing to do that.”

Bar loan spells at Yeovil Town, Bristol Rovers and Middlesbrough, Roberts has spent all his career to date at Swansea City. After 152 appearances for the Liberty Stadium club, having joined Swansea City as a 10-year-old, the Neath-born defender is looking forward to pulling on a Burnley shirt and helping the Clarets continue their Premier League journey. I’ve had amazing memories and will always love that club. 

I would like to thank everyone at Swansea City, but I’m here now and it’s a new challenge and something I really want to make positive and the only way I can do that is by playing well and giving absolutely everything when I get called upon. Since I was a boy, I have always tried to rise to every challenge that gets put in front of me and this is another one.”

Roberts, who is close to a full recovery from the groin injury he sustained after helping Wales reach the last sixteen of this summer’s Euro 2020 finals said, “Whenever you go to a new team, or play for a new team, you want to get out for that first game and put on the shirt and actually play football, I can assure you I will give absolutely everything.

I won’t be the best player on the pitch, but I’ll probably run more than anyone else and give absolutely everything and hopefully I can be someone the Burnley fans are proud to have play for their team. That’s the plan. I am a player who can offer something. Ever since I was a boy, I’ve told myself that you might not be the best player, but if you run more than anyone and give more than anyone then you’ll have half a chance. No matter what level you play at that still stands and that’s what I’ll be trying to do.”

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Clarets Complete Signing of Ivory Coast International

Clarets Sign Maxwell Cornet From French Club Olympique Lyonnais

Burnley Football Club have today confirmed the signing of Ivory Coast International Maxwel Cornet from Olympique Lyonnais. Cornet joins the Clarets from the Ligue one club on a five year deal following completion of a medical. The versatile 24-year-old, who can operate in several attacking and defensive roles on either flank, will link up with Sean Dyche’s squad following the international break.

Cornet joins the Clarets after seven successful years at Lyon, in which he scored fifty-one goals. Born in Bregbo in the Ivory Coast, Cornet represented France at youth level up to U21 level, before committing his international career to his home country, he has since been capped twenty-one times for the Ivory Coast scoring four goals. Starting out at Metz he emerged as one of the top talents in France’s second tier and helped the team to the Ligue two title in 2014 before being snapped up by Lyon while still a teenager.

He established himself as a mainstay of the team, going on to make 250 appearances and helping Lyon to a runners-up finish in Ligue 1 in his first full season. During his time at the Groupama Stadium, Cornet also helped Lyon secure a further four top-four finishes and regular trips in the UEFA Champions League. In August last year, he scored the opening goal in a 3-1 victory that knocked Manchester City out of the quarter-finals in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League before starting the semi-final.

In his final season at Lyon, Cornet missed just two games as he helped them to fourth place in the French top division, which also secured UEFA Europa League qualification.  He will become the Clarets’ first Ivory Coast international and will join Dyche’s squad as they compete in a sixth successive Premier League season. One of the largest transfer deals in Burnley’s history, the signing of Cornet continues a productive transfer window for the Clarets following the arrival of Nathan Collins, Wayne Hennessey and Aaron Lennon.

Speaking about signing for Burnley Football Club Maxwell Cornet said, “I am excited to be joining Burnley in the Premier League and to play with and against many of the greatest players in the world. I have developed the greatest respect for Burnley and what the club has done. I welcome the challenge of hard work and am fully committed to doing what I can to contribute. I look forward to what we can achieve.”

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Clarets Sign Former Winger After Spell In Turkey

Aaron Lennon Rejoins Clarets On Twelve Month Contract

Sean Dyche believes the return of Aaron Lennon was the right move at the right time as he continues to try and strengthen the Clarets’ squad. Lennon has signed a 12-month deal to start a second spell at Turf Moor after spending the last few weeks training with Dyche’s squad. The former England international ended a two-and-half-year stay interrupted by the pandemic with the Clarets in June, 2020 when his previous contract expired.

After a year playing in Turkey’s top flight, Lennon has returned and played for an hour of Burnley’s Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out win over Newcastle United on Wednesday night as he gets fully back up to top speed. Dyche is happy to have the 34-year-old back on board as Burnley also pursue other transfer targets ahead of next Tuesday’s deadline.

Speaking before the game at Newcastle the Clarets boss said, “We’ve got to make sure we can get people in. He was one we could get in and we wanted to do that, he has been a very good pro for us here, he knows how the players work and he knows the environment. We are still active and we are still looking but it’s always been tough here so we sometimes have to take what we can and take the players we think know how we work and he certainly does.

He works for us, he’s diligent, he’s a good pro, he’s good around the group and he’s got a good energy about him. I didn’t want to lose him in the first place and he’s back here. But we are still active in the transfer market. The players know, I know, we are still active and if we can get players in who can continue to affect us, we are looking to do that.”

Lennon becomes the Clarets’ third signing of the summer following the earlier captures of goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and defender Nathan Collins, who both made their debuts at St James’ Park. The former Tottenham and Everton wideman, Lennon could make a Premier League return against former club Leeds United on Saturday.

Speaking about rejoining the Clarets Aaron Lennon said, “I am delighted that chance has come again with the Burnley. I’m just so happy and delighted to get to the deal over the line. It actually feels like I’ve not been away, it’s such a close-knit group. I didn’t want to leave in the first place to be honest, but it’s all done now. It was a great experience in Turkey but I’m buzzing to be back.”

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Bacup Borough v AFC Blackpool

Bacup Borough 3 v 2 AFC Blackpool (NWCFL Division One – North)

North West Counties Football League action returned to the Brian Boys Westview Stadium this weekend as Bacup Borough entertained Lancashire rivals AFC Blackpool in a Division One (North) fixture. The seaside club arrived in East Lancashire on top of the league table after winning four out of their opening five league fixtures.

Having conceded two goals in the opening twenty minutes against Steeton in midweek, Brent Peters (manager) was looking for a solid performance from his back four as the league leaders came to town. Speaking before kick-off he said, “The game this afternoon will be a stern test of both ability and character against strong opposition. We have the players in the squad that can beat teams in this league, but it’s up to the players to show the supporters and management team what they can do on the pitch.

AFC Blackpool got the game underway as both sides struggled to retain possession in the opening five minutes. The visitors had an early chance on six minutes as John-Jo Morris attacked down the left-wing before cutting inside and hitting a tame shot which was easily save by Henry Turner in the Bacup Borough goal.

AFC Blackpool broke the deadlock on eight minutes, as the visitors played a long ball which split the home defence and was collected by Jacob Gregory. Having taken the ball around Henry Turner who had rushed out of his area, Jacob Gregory carried the ball into the area before side footing the ball into an empty goal to give the visitors a 0-1 lead.

It’s often said that the most dangerous time in football is when you have just scored and the visitors proved that point. As three minutes after taking the lead Bacup Borough drew level as Toby wright received the ball at the edge of the AFC Blackpool box, the striker turned his man before taking a shot that deflected into the path of Bradley Hancock. His first time shot from the left-hand angle of the area rifled passed Hall into the goal to make the score 1-1.

Bacup Borough were now on top and putting pressure on the visitors defence, on fifteen minutes the ball fell to Michael Gervin on the edge of the box and after taking a touch he lined up a shot which was deflected just wide for a corner.

On nineteen minutes, Michael Gervin and Joshua Walne play a nice one two down the right hand side before the ball is eventually crossed into the area. Lewis Byrne who had made a run to the front post tried to get a touch but he failed to make a solid connection.

Bacup Borough should have taken the lead on twenty-two minutes, when Toby Wright won a free-kick for the home side in a dangerous position on this right. The ball free-kick was taken by Joshua Walne and Callum Hewitt attacked it at the front post, but visiting keeper Daniel Hall managed to palm the ball away for a corner.

The resulting corner is played to the back post were Mallinson gets a scruffy contact on the ball sending it back into the middle for Hewitt who wins a header that crashes against the crossbar before being cleared. The referee then stopped play to allow two home players treatment for head injuries.

On thirty-seven minutes, AFC Blackpool should have extended their lead as Jacob Gregory found himself free inside the home penalty area, but Henry Turner made an outstanding save to keep the scores level at 1-1.

Bacup Borough took the lead on forty-two minutes, when Callum Hewitt brought down a high ball in midfield before playing an excellent through ball to Bradley Hancock, he beat his man before feeding the ball to Byrne who slotted the ball into the net to make it 2-1.

AFC Blackpool had the first effort of the second-half on fifty-one minutes, when Oscar Radcliffe drove at the home side defence with the ball before cutting inside and hitting a shot which was deflected and gathered by Henry Turner. Just three minutes later, Michael Gervin breaks behind the visitors defence following an excellent pass by Toby Wright, but Gervin’s low cross to the front post was easily collected by Hall in the AFC Blackpool goal.

Bacup Borough then had two efforts in two minutes, the first on fifty-seven minutes saw Josh Walne hit a shot from the edge of the box which the goalkeeper failed to hold onto. Toby Wright then collected the loose ball, but instead of shooting he tried to find a man in the middle of the box and AFC Blackpool cleared it to safety. The second chance once agin fell to Josh Walne who looked to bend one into the top corner, but the keeper made the save comfortably.

On sixty-six minutes, the games controversial moment arrived following an AFC Blackpool corner, the home side broke quickly and Lewis Byrne found himself one-on-one with Dan Hall.  As Byrne rounded the goalkeeper, Hall brought him down in the penalty area. The referee awarded the penalty before showing Daniel Hall a straight red card, the goalkeeper then advised the referee that he could not be punished twice and if he had awarded a spot kick then he could only receive a yellow card. At this point the referee changed his decision and changed the red card to a yellow card.

Bacup Borough captain Michael Gervin stepped up to take the spot-kick and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way as Bacup Borough extended their lead to make the score 3-1 with twenty one minutes of the game remaining.

Amazing tracking back by Lewis Byrne on seventy-five minutes, winning the ball back before being released by Bradley Hancock down the left-wing. The Blackpool defender couldn’t deal with his pace of Lewis Byrne and brought him down to give away a free-kick midway inside the visitors half close to the touchline.

As temperatures started to boil over Darren Warren conceded a penalty on eighty-five minutes, which led to McKenna squaring up to home goalkeeper Henry Turner before Ben Duffield converted the penalty for AFC Blackpool making the score 3-2. The spot-kick was the final effort of the match and the game ended with Bacup Borough winning 3-2 in front of a crowd of 117.

At the final whistle a number of AFC Blackpool players confronted Ross Mallinson which lead to a few incidents with a number of players pushing each other, before the referee and two assistances stepped in to broken things up and hold back a number of visiting players. I fairness the home players did not respond to the incidents and offered the hands to the visitors and officials before leaving the field of play.

Match Details

Bacup Borough – Turner, Walne, Hancock, Fallon, Mallinson, Warren, Hewitt, Gervin, Wright, Byrne, Burton (Subs) Mellor, Hussey, Godsman-Pilling, Luby, Howard

AFC Blackpool – Hall, Hughes, Dawson, Pickering, McLean, Higham, Gregory, O’Brien, Duffield, Aspinall, Morris (Subs) Wilson, McKenna, Radcliffe, Buchan

Goals(Bacup) Hancock, Byrne, Garvin(p) (Blackpool) Gregory, Duffield

Attendance – 117

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Clarets Chasing Watford Midfielder

Burnley and Crystal Palace Battling to Sign Will Hughes

Burnley Football Club are said to be interested in signing Watford midfielder Will Hughes as the Hornets star is said to be available in a cut price deal potentially as little as £5M. The twenty-six year old midfielder is going cheaper than expected due to his contract at Vicarage Road expiring at the end of the season.

Crystal Palace are also interested in the midfielder and discussions are said to be at an advanced stage, but Burnley have made their own proposal with a view to signing Hughes by the end of the transfer window. It remains to be seen, however, if Hughes is interested in leaving Watford this season ahead of a potentially lucrative free transfer move away next summer. He has already rejected a two-year deal on the table from Watford and with his contract expiring next summer looks likely to leave.

The former Derby County central midfielder has been cut from the first-team and is currently training with the U23’s. However, Watford are determined not to lose him for a pittance and value him higher than Crystal Palace £5m bid. It is understood the Eagles are unwilling to raise that offer, so the Clarets would need to improve on the £5M offer to secure the services of Will Hughes.

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