According to reports in the national press, Burnley Football Club are lining up a cut price one million pound deal for Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton. The Clarets boss Sean Dyche is a keen admirer of the versatile midfielder who can operate in centre midfield or centre back.
Bitton’s contract is set to expire in the summer and no new deal has been put on the table by the Scottish Premier League Champions. The Clarets are confident they can secure his services for just £1Million in the January transfer widow.
Sean Dyche is keen to increase his options in midfield after Jack Cork and Ashley Westwood have played almost every game after Danny Drinkwater has failed to make any kind impression at Turf Moor so far this season on loan from Chelsea.
Lancaster City 2 v 2 Hyde United (Bet Victor Northern Premier League)
Following last weekends win on the road at South Shields the Dolly Blues had the chance to go top of the Bet Victor Northern Premier League with a victory at the Giant Axe against Hyde United. Lancaster City like all football clubs across the country paid their respects to the service men and women who lost their lives whilst fighting for their county with the playing of the “Last Post” and a minutes silence.
Lancaster City started the stronger of the two sides and were on top for the opening ten minutes of the match, the first effort of the half fell to the home side on two minutes when Paul Dawson shot from the edge of the area went just over Luke Mewitt’s crossbar.
Hyde United started to get back into the game with some excellent runs by Dan Turner which were causing the home side a few issue, on twelve minutes a great bit of defending from Ben Hudson denied Turner a goal scoring opportunity. From the resulting corner Tongue and Turner linked up well, but Jordan Fagbola’s header was cleared by Ashton.
On seventeen minutes, the Dolly Blues were awarded a free-kick at the edge of the visitors area following an excellent run by Paul Dawson who beat three defenders before being brought down. Rob Wilson took the resulting free-kick which was saved by Luke Mewitt.
Four minutes later, referee Stuart Morland issued the first booking of the game as Kyle Brownhill was booked for a foul on Sam Bailey just outside the visitors area, the resulting free-kick from Rob Wilson tested Mewitt who tipped the ball around the post for a corner.
On thirty-two minutes, the home side took the lead following a long ball from the halfway line by Lewis Fensome. The ball was flicked on by Matty Blinkhorn at the edge of the area and after being missed by the Hyde defence fell to David Norris, who controlled the ball inside the box before slotting the ball under Mewitt to make it 1-0.
The home side should have extended their lead with five minutes left in the half, as David Norris found himself unmarked at the back post just six yards out. However Luke Mewitt in the visitors goal pulled off a world class save deny the City striker.
Lancaster City started the second-half looking to extend their lead and on fifty minutes had a great chance, as David Norris found himself free inside the box on the right-hand side of the area only to see him drag his shot wide of the far post.
Just five minutes later and the home side should have added a second following another excellent chance, when Lewis Fensome take a long range shot which the Hyde United keeper Luke Mewitt managed to palms away for a corner.
The visitors then had a great chance to draw level when the ball sat up for Liam Tongue, which forced Sam Ashton into a fantastic acrobatic save to stop the ball from finding the top corner of the goal.
City then had yet another chance to extend their lead on fifty-sox minutes and again the ball fell to David Norris just inside the visitors area on the right side. However Norris again dragged his shot passed Mewitt and wide of the far post.
Hyde United drew level on fifty-seven minutes following a long throw which was flicked on by Chris Sharp, the ball fell to Dan Turner who poked home at the near post giving Ashton no chance to make the score 1-1.
The home side took the lead on eighty-three minutes following a deep corner which was headed towards goal by Lewis Fensome before hitting the visiting keeper Luke Mewitt on the chest and going into the goal to make the score 2-1.
As the game entered three minutes of injury time it looked like the Dolly Blues were heading for the top of the Northern Premier League. Then with just moments left the ball found its way to Liam Tongue who drilled the ball into the bottom corner of the goal, passed the diving Sam Ashton to make the full-time score 2-2.
Record holder Ashley Barnes has a signed a new contract to extend his stay at Turf Moor, the Clarets striker has penned a deal running until June 2022 with the option for a further twelve months. The new contract replaces Barnes existing agreement which had just over eighteen months to run.
Barnes, who joined Burnley from Brighton Hove Albion back in January 2014 is the Clarets leading scorer in the Premier League era with thirty-six goals doesn’t want that to be the end of the road as he looks to complete his career at Turf Moor.
Speaking about his contract extension Ashley Barnes said, “At this moment in time I don’t see anything else for me and I just want to continue playing at the highest level possible and hopefully that is with Burnley. I just want to carry on playing and I want another contract after this. When you’re in your 30’s people say you’re almost done, but for me I want to play as long as possible.
I’ve still got a lot to learn and a lot to achieve and I want to stay in the Premier League until I retire.” Barnes has made 146 Premier League appearances for the Clarets which is one more than Ben Mee and another club record and 189 in total since his arrival from the south coast. The Bath-born forward who started his career in non-league football with Paulton Rovers, has shared in two promotion successes with Sean Dyche’s squad before helping them string together four successive seasons on top-flight football.
Last season was his most prolific yet in the Premier League with twelve goals and Barnes, whose professional career began at Plymouth Argyle has scored four times so far this season ahead of Saturday’s visit of West Ham United.
Chris Wood Signings contract Extention Unitil 2023
Burnley Football Club have today confirmed that striker Chris Wood is the latest player to sign a new long-term deal at Turf Moor. His new deal extends his stay at the club for an additional two years and is reward for the New Zealand International after scoring twenty four Premier League goals since arriving from Leeds United for a then club-record fee.
Speaking about his contract extension Chris Wood said, “It’s always nice to be recognised and it’s fantastic that it’s over the line and sealed, it’s nice to have the two years under my belt and to be settled and happy where I am and now it’s about pushing forward and doing even better. It feels exactly like home and it’s a nice base and settled place for me.
I haven’t really settled down previously at my previous clubs, I think two and a half years is the maximum I’ve been at a club so hopefully to be here for four, five, six, seven years would be lovely. I’am very happy to have it signed and looking forward to the future.”
Former Clarets midfielder and current Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton is set to stand trial next year accused of assaulting former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel at Oakwell Stadium following a match last season.
Barton, is alleged to have pushed Stendel on 13th April this year, leaving him with a damaged tooth. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday this week. A provisional trial date for the former England player was set for 1st June 2020.
Barnsley made formal complaints to the English Football League and the FA after the incident, which followed the Tykes’ 4-2 win over Fleetwood Town in a Sky Bet League One fixture. Daniel Stendel guided Barnsley to promotion last season, but left his position as manager of the club early last month.
Lancaster City have added former Wolves and Barnsley academy graduate Kieran Feeney to their ranks. The striker arrives after a short stint with Atherton Collieries where he gained good experience in the Bet Victor Northern Premier League.
He played under City’s assistant manager Graham Lancashire in the Academy at Burnley before being sold to Wolves in 2015, “he’s got all the attributes to be really successful at this level,” said Lancashire, “he’s still learning but he’s a good footballer and he’ll give us something different to our current attacking options.”
Feeney arrives just in time to be involved in the City squad for tomorrow’s Lancashire Challenge Trophy game at Charnock Richard which will be a boost for Mark Fell’s plans with Matt Blinkhorn and David Norris unlikely to feature and Jason Walker awaiting an operation on a knee problem.
Clarets Expecting £30 Million Bid For Young Midfield
According to reports in the national press, there are a number of Premier League clubs looking to sign Clarets midfielder Dwight McNeil in the next transfer window. Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers & Leicester City are said to be ready to offer £30 Million for Burnley’s outstanding England U21 International prospect.
The England Under-21 International has become an integral part of Sean Dyche’s first team in the last 18 months having been promoted through the youth ranks. McNeil who began life in Manchester United youth team has recently signed a new long-term deal at Turf Moor which could fend off strong interest for the left-footer.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodger’s is strongly considering an approach for the player after watching him closely in recent weeks. Sean Dyche admitted earlier in the season that he expects McNeil, who was linked with Newcastle United in the summer will one day “outgrow” the club.
Speaking about the young midfielder Clarets manager Sean Dyche said, “We want him to get recognition because he deserves it he’s a very good player. I mentioned last year the effect he had on the team and I think he’s maturing into himself as a person, not just as a footballer. He’s more relaxed around the group and what he does as a professional and I want him to continue to show that on the pitch.
He remains very humble, he remains driven to what he wants to do and they’re important qualities. He’s got to remain like that to really go to the top, first of all with Burnley and then on to pastures new at a higher level of club.”