Barnes adds to Claret hopes of keeping Ings

Ashley Barnes

Ashley Barnes

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

BURNLEY are confident of keeping Danny Ings in the January transfer window, despite boosting their attacking ranks with the capture of Ashley Barnes.

The 24-year-old completed his move from Brighton yesterday, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal on the eve of today’s Championship game at struggling Yeovil Town.

But Barnes will have to wait for his opportunity in the side initially, given the form of his old Seagulls team-mate Sam Vokes and top scorer Ings, who despite being tracked by Premier League clubs – with Liverpool and Everton among them – has signalled his intention to stay for the remainder of the season.

Interest has grown in the former Bournemouth striker, who fired his 20th goal for the club this season in last weekend’s narrow FA Cup defeat at Southampton.

An increasing number of top flight teams – north and south of the border – and top end Championship clubs have all scouted the England Under 21 international.

Although an offer in the region of £5million or more would have to be given careful consideration, the Burnley board have stressed there is no wish to sell.

And the sentiment seems shared, with Ings understood to have intimated that he is set on remaining at Turf Moor and boosting Burnley’s promotion push, before reassessing his future in the summer when he will have one year left to run on his current deal and will know which division the Clarets will compete in.

And Dyche hopes their promotion ambitions will be enhanced by having Barnes on board, with possibly more new faces to follow.

“That’s the first marker and we’ll see what comes beyond that,” said the Burnley boss.

“It depends on what aligns at what level we can afford. It’s not just the affordability but it is often a deciding factor.

“There are other things, such as player availability. It’s a fluid situation. This month there will be other teams who might know of your interest in a player and then they get injuries or suspensions – these are always the shifting sands of football and it can change in a matter of a week if not days.

“We have to be aware of that and align ourselves accordingly and that’s what we’ve done so far.

“There are a couple of maybes because as we’ve suggested many times because there isn’t a deep pot available so we’ve had to use it wisely.

“There are a few different possible available players who could strengthen us as a unit.

“It’s just what we deem fit in different areas.”

He added: “It depends how things align from availability meets the financial side of things meets clubs agreeing.

“We have to be flexible with it.”

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9:33am Sat 11 Jan 14

RobH2O says...

Seems sensible on Ings part. If he's in the Prem with Burnley at the start of the new season, then he'll be playing Prem football. The £100m windfall will see him triple his wages to £36K per week overnight. A new contract will be signed. If we stay in the Championship, he will probably move on.
Seems sensible on Ings part. If he's in the Prem with Burnley at the start of the new season, then he'll be playing Prem football. The £100m windfall will see him triple his wages to £36K per week overnight. A new contract will be signed. If we stay in the Championship, he will probably move on. RobH2O
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10:12am Sat 11 Jan 14

McClaret says...

Improve his deal now with a 1 year extension on his contract with a release clause that he can leave in the summer if we don't get promoted.
Inevitably we will sell Ings if not promoted and this way could get 6-7m so could also afford Wells.
Improve his deal now with a 1 year extension on his contract with a release clause that he can leave in the summer if we don't get promoted. Inevitably we will sell Ings if not promoted and this way could get 6-7m so could also afford Wells. McClaret
  • Score: 3

10:45am Sat 11 Jan 14

el_capitano says...

McClaret wrote:
Improve his deal now with a 1 year extension on his contract with a release clause that he can leave in the summer if we don't get promoted.
Inevitably we will sell Ings if not promoted and this way could get 6-7m so could also afford Wells.
We wont be getting wells he joined huddersfield yesterday
[quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: Improve his deal now with a 1 year extension on his contract with a release clause that he can leave in the summer if we don't get promoted. Inevitably we will sell Ings if not promoted and this way could get 6-7m so could also afford Wells.[/p][/quote]We wont be getting wells he joined huddersfield yesterday el_capitano
  • Score: 4

10:53am Sat 11 Jan 14

James_rox says...

A good signing for you lads, but I imagine Barnes has been promised first team football on a longer term basis so I can only see this as succession planning on the basis of Ings leaving. Ings is probably a £8m signing based on his age and half a season of goalscoring, but that could surely rise to 10m if he keeps going till the end of the season.
A good signing for you lads, but I imagine Barnes has been promised first team football on a longer term basis so I can only see this as succession planning on the basis of Ings leaving. Ings is probably a £8m signing based on his age and half a season of goalscoring, but that could surely rise to 10m if he keeps going till the end of the season. James_rox
  • Score: 6

11:48am Sat 11 Jan 14

McClaret says...

el_capitano wrote:
McClaret wrote:
Improve his deal now with a 1 year extension on his contract with a release clause that he can leave in the summer if we don't get promoted.
Inevitably we will sell Ings if not promoted and this way could get 6-7m so could also afford Wells.
We wont be getting wells he joined huddersfield yesterday
O well, lets just hope for another 3 points today and promotion then. Pleased they are looking forwards because one can't go before reinforcements have been brought in.
[quote][p][bold]el_capitano[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: Improve his deal now with a 1 year extension on his contract with a release clause that he can leave in the summer if we don't get promoted. Inevitably we will sell Ings if not promoted and this way could get 6-7m so could also afford Wells.[/p][/quote]We wont be getting wells he joined huddersfield yesterday[/p][/quote]O well, lets just hope for another 3 points today and promotion then. Pleased they are looking forwards because one can't go before reinforcements have been brought in. McClaret
  • Score: 8

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