Player News - Burnley

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Everton are said to be discussing the ‘finer’ details of Jordan Pickford's contract after a fee was reportedly agreed with Sunderland.

Following the news of Romelu Lukaku's impending departure, Ronald Koeman should have in the region of £100 million burning a hole in his transfer pocket, and a move for Pickford will kick-off their summer spending spree. The Toffees are ready to splash close to £30 million for the 23-year-old. Meanwhile, the Merseyside club are believed to have a stolen a march on Burnley centre-back Michael Keane who has been strongly linked with a move back to Old Trafford. Everton are also hoping to tie up a deal for Davy Klaasen before the end of the week with Ajax demanding more than £25 million for their captain. Swansea star Gylfi Sigurdsson remains on Koeman’s radar who is looking to add "more productivity" to his midfield.
Source: Daily Post
Jun 13 - 2:54 PM

Burnley's strong season came to a poor end as they were defeat 2-1 by West Ham at Turf Moor.

The Clarets took an early lead when Sam Vokes scored his 10th league goal of season, but a strike by Sofiane Feghouli four minutes later and a late header by Andre Ayew proved too much for the home side to overcome. Burnley were unlucky to concede what ended up being the winning goal as Tom Heaton did well to stop Emilison Fernandez but the ball dropped kindly to Ayew, who headed into a wide open net from inside the six-yard box. All things considered, though the results sees them finish in 16th, it was fine season for Sean Dyche's side. The club ends the term having picked up 33 of a possible 40 points at home, while securing top-flight football in consecutive seasons for the first time in the Premier League era.
Source: NBC Sports
May 21 - 1:03 PM

Manchester United are close to securing the signing of their own academy graduate, Michael Keane.

Keane, 24, was left go by United to Burnley after a successful loan spell back in January 2015. He has since made 90 appearances for the Clarets, scoring on 7 occasions while also earning two England caps along the way. United are reportedly "very close" to re-signing the centre-back for £25 million according to The Times' sources, overcoming competition from Everton in the process. If the move is completed, he will be Mourinho's first signing of the summer. His arrival may spell the end for any one of a number of United players in his position, but Chris Smalling is the most likely victim given Mourinho's criticism of his in the media.
Source: The Times
May 18 - 10:47 AM

Burnley may be guaranteed another season in the Premier League, but Saturday showed there's still work to be done.

Despite missing Michael Keane and Ben Mee, the Burnley defense held its own, conceding only one goal before equalizing thanks to Sam Vokes' ninth goal of the season. The Welsh international found space in behind the Bournemouth defense and flicked home a goal in the 83rd minute that looked to steal a point from the Cherries. But the Clarets had a lapse in concentration two minutes later, allowing Joshua King to score the match-winner in the 85th.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 12:30 PM

Sean Dyche gave an update on his two regular center-backs ahead of Burnley's trip to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, with signs of encouragement for a return of Michael Keane.

Keane picked up a calf strain two weeks back which caused him to miss league play for the first time all season last weekend, in Burnley's draw with West Brom. Keane will be closely monitored ahead of tomorrow's kickoff against the Cherries, but it sounds as if he will return, barring some kind of setback between now and then. News was not so good for Ben Mee, who has not been ruled out but Dyche deemed the center-back's chances as "unlikely". James Tarkowski should continue then in defense and with only one match beyond tomorrow, it may be an early end to the season for Mee.
May 12 - 5:54 AM

A thrilling second half that saw four goals, two scored by Sam Vokes as Burnley earned their 40th point with a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

Forty points is the target number for avoiding relegation, and the Clarets are now there, though mathematically they have not clinched safety just yet. In a contest between two sides that have a reputation for leaning on their defense, it was not surprising to see the match goalless at halftime. An absent Michael Keane would finally be felt in the second frame though, but it was Vokes that opened the scoring in the 56th minute, turning in a cross from Ashley Barnes. The Clarets would allow the Baggies to equalize ten minutes later, then saw West Brom surge ahead with 12 minutes to go. Barnes came to the rescue in the 86th minute, looping a header over the keeper following a Robbie Brady free kick. It has been a positive sign that Vokes, Barnes and Andre Gray have all gotten on the scoreboard over the last two games.
Source: NBC Sports
May 6 - 12:02 PM

Sean Dyche has a potential crisis in defense when Burnley West Bromwich Albion this weekend as young starlet Michael Keane leads the list of players who have some doubt as to their availability on Saturday.

Ben Mee is still coping with an ankle injury that saw him miss last weekend's big win on the road at Crystal Palace, with James Tarkowski doing a fine job deputizing in a rare chance. However, Keane and Stephen Ward picked up knocks in that contest and, as we head toward midday Friday in England, there has been no positive update on the status of either Keane or Ward. Dyche has Jon Flanagan to turn to as a competent replacement for Ward at left-back, but there is no adequate fill-in for Keane, who has been the anchor of the defense and one of only four players in the league to play every minute for their club at this point. Home to West Brom is a recipe for a Claret clean sheet and they still need a positive result to take the pressure of relegation away, so expect Keane to lace up the boots unless his condition somehow worsens.
Source: Daily Mail
May 5 - 5:19 AM

It may be the only time they do it all season, but today Burnley were able to win on the road, scoring early and again late to upset Crystal Palace, 0-2.

And with that, Burnley can surely rejoice in spending a second straight season in the top flight. In a season that completely depended on positive results at home, the Clarets took a step forward by getting their first road win in eighteen attempts. Ashley Barnes opened the scoring in the 8th minute, finishing from close range and assisted by Stephen Ward. Ward would pick up a knee problem that he tried to play through, but needed to call it a day just before halftime. The Clarets managed to avoid a potential penalty awarded to Palace and despite plenty of possession for the Eagles in the final third, Burnley kept things tidy, with James Tarkowski contributing to a clean sheet in his first league start. Andre Gray came on as a substitute in the latter third of the match, and sealed the points by finishing well after service from a George Boyd through ball.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 29 - 2:33 PM

Joey Barton will appeal his 18-month suspension after he admitted a Football Association charge relating to betting on matches.

The Burnley midfielder is said to be "very disappointed at the harshness of the sanction" and if Barton is unsuccessful in having his ban reduced, then it’s unlikely he will ever play professionally again, certainly in the top-flight. At the age of 34, Barton admits: "The decision effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football. I accept that I broke the rules governing professional footballers, but I do feel the penalty is heavier than it might be for other less controversial players." Barton was reunited with his former boss Sean Dyche in January following an unhappy stint at Rangers, and has enjoyed a successful return to Turf Moor. However, his contract will be terminated with immediate effect, if his ban for placing 1,260 bets between March 2006 and May 2016, breaching FA Rule E8, is not reduced. Steven Defour is poised for a return at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 27 - 5:07 AM

After a delay of several weeks, the FA have punished Joey Barton with an 18-month ban for his decade-long gambling offenses.

The FA initially charged Barton back in early March, but the disciplinary hearing was delayed for several weeks because a chief investigator on the case fell ill. This allowed Barton to make a few more appearances for Burnley but, with a 34-year-old banned from football for a year and a half, one has to speculate whether Barton may have kicked the last ball of his professional career, a career with no shortage of controversy. While his temperament led to trouble both on and off the pitch, he has been able to succeed at a high level as a midfield enforcer, most recently helping Burnley to the top flight last season. Whether or not this is the end of the line for Barton, it is hard to imagine him fading quietly into the sunset. For the handful of fantasy managers who had been using Barton in draft leagues, it is now safe to drop him.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 27 - 4:32 AM

Manchester United are rumoured to be confident of signing Burnley centre-back Michael Keane, who is a product of United's academy.

Jose Mourinho is in the market for a centre-back and had apparently identified Keane as a target, who he believes is worth a £25 million bid. United will face stiff competition for his signature, with Spurs the hottest competitors in the chase but United are apparently confident of sealing the deal, and have been since before he allegedly told a fan it was his preferred destination post-match last weekend. His current team Burnley are keen to hold onto their defensive mainstay, but have apparently become resigned to the fact that he would leave at the end of his contract in June 2018 if they fail to cash in on him now. United have also been linked with PSG's Marquinhos, as well as Benfica’s Viktor Lindelof. Both are seen as viable transfer options by the club.
Apr 25 - 8:32 AM

There was nothing Burnley could do against an in-form Manchester United in a 2-0 loss to the Red Devils on Sunday.

Despite facing a Manchester United defense down three starters, one that has played three games in the last seven days, Burnley couldn't even manage a shot on target against Jose Mourinho's stalwart side. The Clarets have only one win in their last 10 Premier League matches, but they still kept their distance with a five-point lead over the bottom three. Defender Ben Mee left the match at half-time with an injury while striker Daniel Agyei came on late as Sean Dyche looks to get the youngster more playing time as he enters the final year of his contract with rumors linking him to Everton.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 12:00 PM

Burnley's penchant for results at home hit a wall today, as they conceded two unanswered goals to Manchester United in a 0-2 final.

The match began in typical Turf Moor style, with Tom Heaton making a couple of big saves in the first 20 minutes while the Claret attack were creating chances, mainly by Robbie Brady, who delivered several crosses over the contest. Andre Gray look the likeliest to finish one of those chances, but the Clarets failed to find an end product. Meanwhile, the fortress that is Turf Moor was penetrated, first on a swift counter-attack and then a second goal was conceded after a loose ball in front of Heaton was smashed in by Wayne Rooney. That put the match out of reach as United were in cruise control throughout the second half. Five points above relegation, one imagines Burnley may need at least one more positive result in their final four matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 11:34 AM

Burnley found itself on the wrong end of an exciting, goal-filled second half in a 3-1 loss to Everton at Goodison Park.

After Everton took the lead in the 49th minute behind a Phil Jagielka header, the Clarets responded right back with inspired energy. Just three minutes later, forward Sam Vokes broke away from the Everton defense before he was tripped up in the box as he tried to go around Toffees keeper Joel Robles. Vokes then stepped to the spot and sent Robles the wrong way to even the game at 1-1. But later in the half, Burnley conceded two goals within three minutes with Ben Mee being credited with an own goal following a couple of wicked deflections from a Ross Barkley shot. But the good news is the Clarets still find themselves eight points above the bottom three after Swansea's loss.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 15 - 12:05 PM

Matt Lowton and Tom Heaton put in excellent performances to hold Middlesbrough to a 0-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

The Clarets have Lowton and Heaton to thank for a share of the points. While Robbie Brady did hit the bar with a free-kick inside 15 minutes, Burnley struggled to threaten the Boro goal throughout the second-half. The home side however saw a handful of chances after the restart. Heaton was the first to produce heroics as he pushed away an overhead kick from second-half sub Alvaro Negredo, while Lowton then twice cleared off his own goal line to keep out a Stewart Downing free-kick before denying Daniel Ayala's header off the line. The result lifts Burnley to 12th in the table and eight points clear of the drop zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 8 - 1:46 PM



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