Burnley boss Dyche homes in on Wigan star McArthur

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BURNLEY manager Sean Dyche knows the club must beat the clock to give themselves a fighting chance in the Premier League.

Unlike in previous Championship seasons when they were able to dip into the loan market a week after the transfer window closed, top flight football means that safety net has been taken away.

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Therefore, once the transfer window closes there will not be any other business for Premier League clubs until it re-opens in January.

Burnley have already added seven players to the squad, with Stephen Ward the most recent acquisition from Wolves.

He was ineligible to face Chelsea in their opening game because not all the paperwork was processed in time, but is in line to make his debut at Swansea tomorrow.

The Clarets are looking to add up to three more new faces before the cut-off point at 11pm on September 1.

They have so far been thwarted in their attempts to sign long-term defensive target Craig Dawson from West Brom and Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury, who has been offered a new deal that manager Stuart Pearce is confident he will sign.

There have been reports of an improved £5million bid for Wigan Athletic’s James McArthur, after last week’s £4m offer was rejected, although links to Watford’s Lewis McGugan appear to be agent led.

But Dyche knows that time is of the essence.

“We are still shopping, we are active,” he said. “We’re just waiting for things to be agreed on certain situations.

“We’ve got a number of targets.

“We have had different targets operating within the market and we have to be flexible with that.”

With reduced options with the absence of the loan window in the Premier League Dyche added: “It takes away the flexibility.

“You have to get your business done before the transfer deadline.”

Of the various links to players, the Burnley boss added: “I’ve made it really clear, I like to speak about my own players. I’m happy to speak about any of our players.”

The Clarets recently saw a bid rejected for Forest midfielder Lansbury, whose club have since offered him an improved deal to extend his contract at the City Ground.

Forest have expressed their determination to keep a player who still has two years on his current deal but had previously rejected an offer of a new contract.

Pearce, though, yesterday said Lansbury had indicated he will accept the new improved offer.

“I had a text from the agent saying he was happy with the terms offered,” Pearce said.

“As far as I am concerned it’s a case of getting him down and getting him to sign the contract.”

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9:46am Fri 22 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

Not for the first time, Ms Geldard is behind the matter rather than up with it. The nationals reported confirmation from Burnley and Wigan that Dyche had made an improved offer for McArthur with a bid of £5m. And, it was pointed out that Wigan, whose usual reaction under Mr Whelan is to immediately and publicly turn down an offer, or not to react at all, did the latter; no reaction.

However, in the afternoon Wigan contacted Brentford about the availability of their much sought after central midfielder Adam Forshaw.

A direct replacement?
Not for the first time, Ms Geldard is behind the matter rather than up with it. The nationals reported confirmation from Burnley and Wigan that Dyche had made an improved offer for McArthur with a bid of £5m. And, it was pointed out that Wigan, whose usual reaction under Mr Whelan is to immediately and publicly turn down an offer, or not to react at all, did the latter; no reaction. However, in the afternoon Wigan contacted Brentford about the availability of their much sought after central midfielder Adam Forshaw. A direct replacement? RobH2O .
  • Score: 11

10:10am Fri 22 Aug 14

Claretcert says...

RobH2O . wrote:
Not for the first time, Ms Geldard is behind the matter rather than up with it. The nationals reported confirmation from Burnley and Wigan that Dyche had made an improved offer for McArthur with a bid of £5m. And, it was pointed out that Wigan, whose usual reaction under Mr Whelan is to immediately and publicly turn down an offer, or not to react at all, did the latter; no reaction.

However, in the afternoon Wigan contacted Brentford about the availability of their much sought after central midfielder Adam Forshaw.

A direct replacement?
I think the problem is a lot of agent chatter as well. You wonder of at least 2 of our 'targets' didn't get a pay rise at the point our interest was clear. It's a murky world and the LET at least don't make it all up. I do think their reports could be less pessemistic at times. But we need to rewind 12 months. Without promotion we would have willingly sold Ings, struggled to keep Trippier and possibly lost another 2-3 players. All the championship clubs hanging on to top players are essentially paying PL money on sill 3-5 year deals. Really this is short term to increase the value for the inevitable sale should their promotion bid fail or FFP loom large. Rhodes a perfect example of this. So we're making great progress, the depth will come and the stability financially is not threatened.
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: Not for the first time, Ms Geldard is behind the matter rather than up with it. The nationals reported confirmation from Burnley and Wigan that Dyche had made an improved offer for McArthur with a bid of £5m. And, it was pointed out that Wigan, whose usual reaction under Mr Whelan is to immediately and publicly turn down an offer, or not to react at all, did the latter; no reaction. However, in the afternoon Wigan contacted Brentford about the availability of their much sought after central midfielder Adam Forshaw. A direct replacement?[/p][/quote]I think the problem is a lot of agent chatter as well. You wonder of at least 2 of our 'targets' didn't get a pay rise at the point our interest was clear. It's a murky world and the LET at least don't make it all up. I do think their reports could be less pessemistic at times. But we need to rewind 12 months. Without promotion we would have willingly sold Ings, struggled to keep Trippier and possibly lost another 2-3 players. All the championship clubs hanging on to top players are essentially paying PL money on sill 3-5 year deals. Really this is short term to increase the value for the inevitable sale should their promotion bid fail or FFP loom large. Rhodes a perfect example of this. So we're making great progress, the depth will come and the stability financially is not threatened. Claretcert
  • Score: 9

10:16am Fri 22 Aug 14

MikeMada says...

Claretcert wrote:
RobH2O . wrote:
Not for the first time, Ms Geldard is behind the matter rather than up with it. The nationals reported confirmation from Burnley and Wigan that Dyche had made an improved offer for McArthur with a bid of £5m. And, it was pointed out that Wigan, whose usual reaction under Mr Whelan is to immediately and publicly turn down an offer, or not to react at all, did the latter; no reaction.

However, in the afternoon Wigan contacted Brentford about the availability of their much sought after central midfielder Adam Forshaw.

A direct replacement?
I think the problem is a lot of agent chatter as well. You wonder of at least 2 of our 'targets' didn't get a pay rise at the point our interest was clear. It's a murky world and the LET at least don't make it all up. I do think their reports could be less pessemistic at times. But we need to rewind 12 months. Without promotion we would have willingly sold Ings, struggled to keep Trippier and possibly lost another 2-3 players. All the championship clubs hanging on to top players are essentially paying PL money on sill 3-5 year deals. Really this is short term to increase the value for the inevitable sale should their promotion bid fail or FFP loom large. Rhodes a perfect example of this. So we're making great progress, the depth will come and the stability financially is not threatened.
Great points - all valid.
[quote][p][bold]Claretcert[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: Not for the first time, Ms Geldard is behind the matter rather than up with it. The nationals reported confirmation from Burnley and Wigan that Dyche had made an improved offer for McArthur with a bid of £5m. And, it was pointed out that Wigan, whose usual reaction under Mr Whelan is to immediately and publicly turn down an offer, or not to react at all, did the latter; no reaction. However, in the afternoon Wigan contacted Brentford about the availability of their much sought after central midfielder Adam Forshaw. A direct replacement?[/p][/quote]I think the problem is a lot of agent chatter as well. You wonder of at least 2 of our 'targets' didn't get a pay rise at the point our interest was clear. It's a murky world and the LET at least don't make it all up. I do think their reports could be less pessemistic at times. But we need to rewind 12 months. Without promotion we would have willingly sold Ings, struggled to keep Trippier and possibly lost another 2-3 players. All the championship clubs hanging on to top players are essentially paying PL money on sill 3-5 year deals. Really this is short term to increase the value for the inevitable sale should their promotion bid fail or FFP loom large. Rhodes a perfect example of this. So we're making great progress, the depth will come and the stability financially is not threatened.[/p][/quote]Great points - all valid. MikeMada
  • Score: 3

10:16am Fri 22 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Now this lad would be a great signing for Burnley, don't think wigan will part with him for less than 7 million though. Then we can get rid of that Dave Jones character who is pants, I think Rovers mugged us on that one
Now this lad would be a great signing for Burnley, don't think wigan will part with him for less than 7 million though. Then we can get rid of that Dave Jones character who is pants, I think Rovers mugged us on that one AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -21

10:47am Fri 22 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

RobH2O . wrote:
Not for the first time, Ms Geldard is behind the matter rather than up with it. The nationals reported confirmation from Burnley and Wigan that Dyche had made an improved offer for McArthur with a bid of £5m. And, it was pointed out that Wigan, whose usual reaction under Mr Whelan is to immediately and publicly turn down an offer, or not to react at all, did the latter; no reaction.

However, in the afternoon Wigan contacted Brentford about the availability of their much sought after central midfielder Adam Forshaw.

A direct replacement?
I see your friend from the rodders toilets has returned pretending he's been on a round the world jaunt when in reality he got banned for being a fool. For the last month he's been propping up the bar at Colnes equivalent of the Blue Oyster Club. Crispy ducky, fun runner, spell checker and PB smasher. Been practicing his baton passing technique for his forthcoming event, where he will get his PB well and truly smashed
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: Not for the first time, Ms Geldard is behind the matter rather than up with it. The nationals reported confirmation from Burnley and Wigan that Dyche had made an improved offer for McArthur with a bid of £5m. And, it was pointed out that Wigan, whose usual reaction under Mr Whelan is to immediately and publicly turn down an offer, or not to react at all, did the latter; no reaction. However, in the afternoon Wigan contacted Brentford about the availability of their much sought after central midfielder Adam Forshaw. A direct replacement?[/p][/quote]I see your friend from the rodders toilets has returned pretending he's been on a round the world jaunt when in reality he got banned for being a fool. For the last month he's been propping up the bar at Colnes equivalent of the Blue Oyster Club. Crispy ducky, fun runner, spell checker and PB smasher. Been practicing his baton passing technique for his forthcoming event, where he will get his PB well and truly smashed AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -7

10:47am Fri 22 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
Now this lad would be a great signing for Burnley, don't think wigan will part with him for less than 7 million though. Then we can get rid of that Dave Jones character who is pants, I think Rovers mugged us on that one
Dave Jones was exceptional for the Clarets last season so I can understand your jealous frustration that we weren't able to keep him at Rovers because I feel exactly the same, we were well and truly mugged, who knows what might have been. As it happened Burnley picked our pockets of a gem and Dyche once again added a shine to a rough diamond.

Its looking like £4.5m will see Wigan part with a player eager to make the move to Premier League Burnley, and as the gentleman above states they are already pursuing his replacement. McArthur is a cracking player make no mistake and he is appoaching his best years, he will be a real asset should he sign for them and another bitter pill for you and I to swallow as the days of us buying £4m players is long long gone.


We're losing our star player and in doing so I believe we are heading into a major league sh*tstorm that will see us spiral towards League One and financial ruin.

Good luck to Burnley, they seem to be doing everything the right way, we can only hope that one day we can immitate them but sadly I fear that day may never come.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: Now this lad would be a great signing for Burnley, don't think wigan will part with him for less than 7 million though. Then we can get rid of that Dave Jones character who is pants, I think Rovers mugged us on that one[/p][/quote]Dave Jones was exceptional for the Clarets last season so I can understand your jealous frustration that we weren't able to keep him at Rovers because I feel exactly the same, we were well and truly mugged, who knows what might have been. As it happened Burnley picked our pockets of a gem and Dyche once again added a shine to a rough diamond. Its looking like £4.5m will see Wigan part with a player eager to make the move to Premier League Burnley, and as the gentleman above states they are already pursuing his replacement. McArthur is a cracking player make no mistake and he is appoaching his best years, he will be a real asset should he sign for them and another bitter pill for you and I to swallow as the days of us buying £4m players is long long gone. We're losing our star player and in doing so I believe we are heading into a major league sh*tstorm that will see us spiral towards League One and financial ruin. Good luck to Burnley, they seem to be doing everything the right way, we can only hope that one day we can immitate them but sadly I fear that day may never come. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: 16

11:01am Fri 22 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn

ley
wrote:
Now this lad would be a great signing for Burnley, don't think wigan will part with him for less than 7 million though. Then we can get rid of that Dave Jones character who is pants, I think Rovers mugged us on that one
Dave Jones was exceptional for the Clarets last season so I can understand your jealous frustration that we weren't able to keep him at Rovers because I feel exactly the same, we were well and truly mugged, who knows what might have been. As it happened Burnley picked our pockets of a gem and Dyche once again added a shine to a rough diamond.

Its looking like £4.5m will see Wigan part with a player eager to make the move to Premier League Burnley, and as the gentleman above states they are already pursuing his replacement. McArthur is a cracking player make no mistake and he is appoaching his best years, he will be a real asset should he sign for them and another bitter pill for you and I to swallow as the days of us buying £4m players is long long gone.


We're losing our star player and in doing so I believe we are heading into a major league sh*tstorm that will see us spiral towards League One and financial ruin.

Good luck to Burnley, they seem to be doing everything the right way, we can only hope that one day we can immitate them but sadly I fear that day may never come.
I wonder who Mcarthur will be replacing in the team if he signs for us yer tool I'll give it two guesses but I think his first initial would be D and his second J, Rovers fans were glad to see him go so your cover is blown instantly. The one footed crab should be thrown back in the chumpionship rock pool. He aint good enough for the prem, thats why wigan got shut.
Still if you think he's so good, you don't mind him sucking two million in wages out of our club whilst he's sat in the stands
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: Now this lad would be a great signing for Burnley, don't think wigan will part with him for less than 7 million though. Then we can get rid of that Dave Jones character who is pants, I think Rovers mugged us on that one[/p][/quote]Dave Jones was exceptional for the Clarets last season so I can understand your jealous frustration that we weren't able to keep him at Rovers because I feel exactly the same, we were well and truly mugged, who knows what might have been. As it happened Burnley picked our pockets of a gem and Dyche once again added a shine to a rough diamond. Its looking like £4.5m will see Wigan part with a player eager to make the move to Premier League Burnley, and as the gentleman above states they are already pursuing his replacement. McArthur is a cracking player make no mistake and he is appoaching his best years, he will be a real asset should he sign for them and another bitter pill for you and I to swallow as the days of us buying £4m players is long long gone. We're losing our star player and in doing so I believe we are heading into a major league sh*tstorm that will see us spiral towards League One and financial ruin. Good luck to Burnley, they seem to be doing everything the right way, we can only hope that one day we can immitate them but sadly I fear that day may never come.[/p][/quote]I wonder who Mcarthur will be replacing in the team if he signs for us yer tool I'll give it two guesses but I think his first initial would be D and his second J, Rovers fans were glad to see him go so your cover is blown instantly. The one footed crab should be thrown back in the chumpionship rock pool. He aint good enough for the prem, thats why wigan got shut. Still if you think he's so good, you don't mind him sucking two million in wages out of our club whilst he's sat in the stands AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -13

11:28am Fri 22 Aug 14

Tatts says...

Let me guess, McArthur will sign a new contract at Wigan by this time next week.
Let me guess, McArthur will sign a new contract at Wigan by this time next week. Tatts
  • Score: -7

11:48am Fri 22 Aug 14

McClaret says...

Tatts wrote:
Let me guess, McArthur will sign a new contract at Wigan by this time next week.
If they double his wages like Forest did with Lansbury, then yes. Unless playing top level football appeals more to the lad and he can manage to scrape by on 10k a week.
[quote][p][bold]Tatts[/bold] wrote: Let me guess, McArthur will sign a new contract at Wigan by this time next week.[/p][/quote]If they double his wages like Forest did with Lansbury, then yes. Unless playing top level football appeals more to the lad and he can manage to scrape by on 10k a week. McClaret
  • Score: 6

11:57am Fri 22 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Looks like Rhodes just needs to agree contract terms. Rumours online that a £12m offer has been accepted.

Huddersfield will be laughing all the way to the bank, how embarrassing for us that a player we are selling whos departure will severely weaken us will perversely strengthen one of our relegation rivals by giving them a massive financial boost that they can spend and we cant. This really is the final insult.

What a shambles.
Looks like Rhodes just needs to agree contract terms. Rumours online that a £12m offer has been accepted. Huddersfield will be laughing all the way to the bank, how embarrassing for us that a player we are selling whos departure will severely weaken us will perversely strengthen one of our relegation rivals by giving them a massive financial boost that they can spend and we cant. This really is the final insult. What a shambles. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: 5

12:29pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Looks like Rhodes just needs to agree contract terms. Rumours online that a £12m offer has been accepted.

Huddersfield will be laughing all the way to the bank, how embarrassing for us that a player we are selling whos departure will severely weaken us will perversely strengthen one of our relegation rivals by giving them a massive financial boost that they can spend and we cant. This really is the final insult.

What a shambles.
You still have David Dunn......
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Looks like Rhodes just needs to agree contract terms. Rumours online that a £12m offer has been accepted. Huddersfield will be laughing all the way to the bank, how embarrassing for us that a player we are selling whos departure will severely weaken us will perversely strengthen one of our relegation rivals by giving them a massive financial boost that they can spend and we cant. This really is the final insult. What a shambles.[/p][/quote]You still have David Dunn...... Its Only a game boy
  • Score: 5

1:00pm Fri 22 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Looks like Rhodes just needs to agree contract terms. Rumours online that a £12m offer has been accepted.

Huddersfield will be laughing all the way to the bank, how embarrassing for us that a player we are selling whos departure will severely weaken us will perversely strengthen one of our relegation rivals by giving them a massive financial boost that they can spend and we cant. This really is the final insult.

What a shambles.
Lets hope they don't put a bid in for the joker and ings as they'd probably jump at the chance of doubling their wages, like stanislas, bryson, lansbury, treacy and dawson.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Looks like Rhodes just needs to agree contract terms. Rumours online that a £12m offer has been accepted. Huddersfield will be laughing all the way to the bank, how embarrassing for us that a player we are selling whos departure will severely weaken us will perversely strengthen one of our relegation rivals by giving them a massive financial boost that they can spend and we cant. This really is the final insult. What a shambles.[/p][/quote]Lets hope they don't put a bid in for the joker and ings as they'd probably jump at the chance of doubling their wages, like stanislas, bryson, lansbury, treacy and dawson. AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -5

1:50pm Fri 22 Aug 14

bburnrover says...

Whelan does not let players go to smaller clubs unless the transfer fee is more than the player is worth,good luck with the relegation campaign though.
Whelan does not let players go to smaller clubs unless the transfer fee is more than the player is worth,good luck with the relegation campaign though. bburnrover
  • Score: -5

4:53pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ZomZom@thePark says...

bburnrover wrote:
Whelan does not let players go to smaller clubs unless the transfer fee is more than the player is worth,good luck with the relegation campaign though.
Yawn. Dribble. Wipe. Sniff. More tedious crap from the Horsesh1t Brigade.
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: Whelan does not let players go to smaller clubs unless the transfer fee is more than the player is worth,good luck with the relegation campaign though.[/p][/quote]Yawn. Dribble. Wipe. Sniff. More tedious crap from the Horsesh1t Brigade. ZomZom@thePark
  • Score: 4
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