Category Archives: Burnley

Spurs Lead PL Pack Chasing £4m+ Striker – reports

Tottenham Hotspur are leading the chase for Burnley striker Danny Ings, ahead of a series of Premier League rivals for his signature, as reported by the Lancashire Telegraph.

The talented forward’s contract with the Lancashire club expires at the end of the season, and Burnley risk losing him for nothing, aside from independently decided compensation, if that comes about.

With the likes of Southampton, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United and European duo Wolfsburg and Ajax all chasing Ings, the likelihood of him agreeing a new deal has diminished considerably.

Spurs are hopeful that a bid for him during January will allow them to steal a march on the other sides.

The White Hart Lane club could even make a move for him prior to the game against Queens Park Rangers at home.

Burnley would likely not accept less than £4 million for Ings, but might be tempted to hold onto him, given that Premier League survival could depend on his goalscoring talents from now until the end of the season.

Done Deal: Man Utd Agree Deal For Central Defender

Manchester United have agreed to sell defender Michael Keane to Burnley on a permanent basis, as reported by

Keane has spent the first half of the season on loan at the Lancashire club, having joined them on loan on transfer deadline day in September.

He has gone on to make 11 appearances for the Clarets, forming a formidable partnership with Jason Shackell, Burnley’s skipper, in the heart of defence.

Moving permanently ends a long association with Man Utd for Keane.

He started his career with the Manchester side, and made his professional debut for them in 2011.

This came against Aldershot Town in the League Cup.

However, the story of his career has mainly been told in the form of loan spells at lower league sides.

He spent the 2012/13 season on loan at Leicester City, playing 27 times.

Keane also had loan spells at both Derby County and Blackburn Rovers, before linking up with Burnley this season.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is delighted by the acquisition, and said: “Michael is a good young player and we see a lot of development in him as he’s on a good pathway at the moment and we’re delighted that he has decided to join us.”

Top 3 Moments Of The PL Weekend Feat. Chelsea Heroes, Newcastle Blitz

The Premier League weekend is over again, barring tonight’s clash between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa.

Although the clash yesterday between Manchester United and Chelsea failed to provide a winner, it was symptomatic of a day and weekend that featured the classic narrative driven events that fans love about English football.

Here are’s top three moments of the weekend from the Premier League, presented in GIF form.

1. Didier Drogba’s Header Against Man Utd

Didier Drogba’s departure from Chelsea after their Champions League triumph seemed like the perfect cap to a sensational time at Stamford Bridge, and there were doubts this summer about whether he could reach his previous heights again.

Drogba was a difficult man to stop on the pitch in his first spell in the Premier League, and there was no stopping him from making an emotional return to west London.

Sunday was a classic Drogba moment, and reminded fans of both Chelsea and football in general about his innate quality.

Unencumbered by age or the development of the game, Drogba ran to the near post from a corner and leapt high, flicking the ball into the net, as he has done many times before.

The Ivorian international proved on Sunday that he could still be an asset at the highest level.

2. Samuel Eto’o’s Second Goal Against Burnley

Samuel Eto’o’s arrival at Chelsea last season was billed as something of a last hurrah for the Cameroonian international, a throw of the dice by Jose Mourinho on a player who had failed to impress significantly while at Anzhi Makhachkala.

This was not the case, with Eto’o proving himself consistently ahead of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.

While Mourinho famously doubted his age, he kept scoring, including a famous hat trick against Man Utd.

Now Eto’o is doing it again with Everton, and his long range stunner yesterday, which secured the win, spoke for a player still operating at a high level.

Given the strike and the performance that went with it, Roberto Martinez could have secured himself yet another high class talent at very little cost.

3. Sami Ameobi’s Rapid Strike For Newcastle

It’s fair to say that the last few months have not been kind to Alan Pardew at Newcastle.

His own decisions have lost him the belief of the fans, and many seem very keen to see his departure take place in the near future.

Credit, then, to the manager for his decision making at half time, with both of his substitutes playing a key role in a 2-1 win for the north east club against Tottenham Hotspur.

The second goal came because of half time sub Remy Cabella’s cross, with Ayoze Perez heading home.

The other interval introduction, Sami Ameobi, had a telling impact within six seconds of his introduction, bagging immediately from kick off after latching onto a through ball from Jack Colback.

Pardew’s decision making seems like it might have bought him more time.