Winger Michael Kightly joins Burnley
1:44pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Sport
BURNLEY last night signed Michael Kightly on a season long loan from Stoke City.
The 27-year-old winger put pen to paper just before last night’s transfer deadline, after being made available by Mark Hughes.
Leicester and Watford were also believed to have targeted the former Wolves man and Burnley seemed set to miss out because of finances.
Kightly’s wages looked like being a stumbling block at one point but the Clarets negotiated with his parent club.
After having second and third bids for Brighton striker Ashley Barnes rejected – with their final offer understood to have reached £500,000 following on from last week’s initial approach – Burnley made a strong play for Kightly.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche worked with the wide man while manager of Watford during the 2011/12 season.
At the time of signing him on loan from Wolves in October 2011, Dyche said of Kightly: “He is a good player to have because he does have a few different options in his locker. He is predominantly a wide man but can play behind the striker, in the hole or at the top of a diamond.
“So it gives us another possible avenue to look down when we need it.”
Kightly signed for an initial month at Vicarage Road, before extending his stay until January 3.
In that time he made 11 Championship starts, scoring three goals, before returning to Wolves and securing a place in Mick McCarthy’s starting XI for the remainder of their Premier League season.
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