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How Twitter reacted as Burnley completed a deal for Danish international Anders Lindegaard



Following the long-term injury that Tom Heaton suffered against Crystal Palace a fortnight ago, Burnley manager Sean Dyche has moved swiftly to secure Anders Lindegaard on a season’s loan.

The former Manchester United goalkeeper will arrive at Turf Moor as competition for stand-in number one Nick Pope, who has impressed in cameo performances against Palace and Liverpool.

Heaton is expected to be out for ‘a longer period’ after undergoing shoulder surgery, and Burnley have swooped for free agent Lindegaard after his release from Preston North End in May.

Speaking to Burnley’s official website, the 33-year-old said:

“I’ve had a good week here and I’ve had a very good impression of the whole club and all the people here. It’s not hard to fit in. It seems like a very hard-working place and I appreciate being a part of it.

“I am here to try and sharpen up the competition in the goalkeepers’ department and we’ll see what happens.

“I feel good physically and still want to play. I come here with a good spirit and I have a lot of enthusiasm for getting started.”

Following his spell at Old Trafford, where he picked up a Premier League winners’ medal in 2012-13, he made the switch to West Brom before most recently spending 18 months at Championship side Preston.

It was Burnley who took to social media to announce the move…

And some supporters were impressed with the arrival of a Premier League winner…

Others believe that Nick Pope is all that Burnley need…

Hoping that Lindegaard’s arrival doesn’t lower his first-team chances…

Whilst Preston fans hardly filled their Lancashire counterparts with confidence…

Will Lindegaard be preferred to Pope? And if so, will he be a hit? Let us know.

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.


One winner and loser as Stoke City close in on signing Sam Clucas

Stoke look set to sign the Swansea midfielder on deadline day

Liam Thomas



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Stoke City are closing in on a deal to sign Swansea midfielder Sam Clucas in a fee thought to be around £6 million, a shrewd bit of business from The Potters, who will be looking to improve on their Championship opening day defeat.

Manager Gary Rowett will be hoping the midfielder can hit the ground running and bring with him some much-needed versatility that his current midfield options lack.

Stoke haven’t been able to find a permanent central midfielder capable of running the show since Steven N’Zonzi’s departure in 2015. However, Clucas may just be the man to fill the void.

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Winner – Stoke’s midfield

Clucas will bring with him a versatility to play anywhere in the midfield, a trait which their current options all lack and a quality vital to succeeding in the Championship.

During his time at Hull City, Clucas played left wing, left back, defensive midfield and a number 10 role; a testament to the 28-year-old’s ability and something Stoke can use to their advantage this season.

Clucas is comfortable on the ball and has a passing range which is second to none. If the Potters are going to gain promotion back to the Premier League they’ll need a midfielder with these kinds of attributes in their side.

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Loser – Burnley

It seemed as though Burnley would be the destination for Clucas this season. However, in a sudden change of events Sean Dyche’s side lost out on their target.

This will be a blow for Dyche’s side, who have struggled terribly during this transfer window, despite securing European football for the first time in the clubs history last season.

It remains to be seen whether or not they’ll make a move for anyone else today before the deadline strikes, but a few deadline day signings wouldn’t go amiss for Dyche’s men.

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Five ins and outs Burnley could complete on Deadline Day

A busy day lies ahead on and off the field for Burnley.



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It is a massive day for Burnley, who have to balance transfer Deadline Day with a crucial Europa League match against Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey.

Sean Dyche’s side are aiming to reach the Europa League group stages to provide regular European action at Turf Moor this season, which may see the side dip into the transfer market late on to land fresh faces.

Impressive deals have already seen the likes of Joe Hart and Alfie Mawson move to the club in recent days but more deals could be on the horizon, as we identify five that could be completed before the 5pm deadline.

Sofiane Hanni: Spartak Moscow

Burnley reportedly targeted Spartak Moscow’s Algerian international Sofiane Hanni back in January and may be encouraged to return with a late swoop for the midfielder following the latest reports from the continent.

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Belgian outlet Voetbal 24 state that the 27-year-old is unhappy in Russia just months after his switch from Anderlecht, raising the possibility of a return to the Belgian Pro League – but Burnley could move to hijack a deal.

It is no secret that Sean Dyche wants to bolster his options in midfield and Hanni could be the ideal recruit.

Nahki Wells to Derby County

Following the capture of Matej Vydra from Derby County, there has been plenty of speculation that forgotten man Nahki Wells could move on loan to Frank Lampard’s side in return – and it’s a deal you are likely to hear plenty about on Deadline Day.

The Daily Mail stated earlier this week that Wells was set for a move to the Championship on loan as part of the agreement bringing Vydra to Lancashire, although a deal does not need to be completed today as the Football League loan window runs until the end of August.

28-year-old Wells made just nine Premier League appearances for the Clarets last season, failing to score a single goal.

Jay Rodriguez: West Brom

Speculation surrounding West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez has rumbled on throughout the transfer window, with Burnley keen to bring the England international to Turf Moor but finding it difficult to negotiate a deal with the Baggies.

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Discussions could now switch to a deal involving a player in return, according to The Daily Mail (live blog, 8.08am), with Burnley said to have rebuffed West Brom’s request of £10m plus Sam Vokes for the signature of Rodriguez – which was rejected instantly.

That could provide the platform for further talks though, with Burnley not prepared to pay Rodriguez’s £20m asking price.

Sam Vokes to West Brom

The other man involved in a potential swap deal with West Brom is Sam Vokes, who is currently in Turkey with the squad preparing for tonight’s Europa League clash – but a deal for the forward does not need to be completed today.

The Daily Mail (live blog, 8.08am) states West Brom want Vokes as part of the deal taking Jay Rodriguez back to the Premier League and any agreement would likely be on loan, meaning the Baggies have until the end of the month to negotiate a deal.

“We definitely need more numbers, we’re not deep in numbers, we know that. We want quality numbers, we don’t just want any old player who can fill a slot, we want players who can be competitive.”

– Comments from Sean Dyche last month suggests replacements are needed before sales.

Sam Clucas: Swansea City

Another saga that has dragged on for a number of months, Burnley have found it difficult to negotiate a deal with relegated Swansea City for the services of Sam Clucas but the chase could heat up on Deadline Day.

Sky Sports states Wolves have expressed an interest in the midfielder, who saw a proposed £8m switch to Turf Moor fall through at the weekend after failing to agree personal terms with the Clarets – which puts Dyche’s side back at square one.

While Burnley may have moved on, a deal could be revived to stop Wolves from swooping.

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One in, one out: The Deadline Day deals Burnley should prioritise

The Clarets could add further to their squad with Europa League football to contend.

Max Cohen



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Burnley are facing the busiest deadline day of any Premier League club, as they will face off against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Europa League qualifying rounds later tonight.

The club pulled off the high-profile signings of Joe Hart, Ben Gibson, and Matej Vydra in the last couple days, but should not be done just yet.

Here are two potential ins and outs that Burnley should prioritise today.

Sign Jay Rodriguez from West Brom

According to Sky Sports, Burnley are interested in buying English striker Jay Rodriguez, a move that would reunite the 29-year-old with his former club.

The signing would be a savvy one, as Sean Dyche is in the market for an experienced Premier League striker, and Rodriguez is a natural finisher who can become the perfect poacher for the Clarets.

The West Bromwich Albion striker started his career at Burnley, progressing through the academy and making more than a century of appearances for the Clarets from 2007 to 2012.

Before moving to Southampton, Rodriguez scored 29 league goals in his final two campaigns at Turf Moor.

A return to Burnley would benefit both parties, granting Jay Rodriguez a Premier League reprieve and gifting Dyche a classy centre-forward for the upcoming season.

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Sell Nahki Wells

It was widely thought that Nahki Wells would be heading out on loan to Derby County as part of the deal that brought Vydra to Burnley, yet nothing has been announced as of yet with regards to Wells’ future.

The Bermudan attacker should be sold today, as he endured a poor 2017/18 campaign and seemingly has no future at Turf Moor.

Wells played a dismal 45 league minutes all season for the Clarets, making nine substitute appearances– while his longest involvement was a 10-minute cameo on the final day of the season.

Instead of a loan, Burnley would do well to offload the 28-year-old on a permanent basis and clear out underperforming players from Dyche’s squad.

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