Date: 5th August 2008 at 12:28pm
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BURNLEY chief Owen Coyle is still in negotiations with Olimps Riga over the possible signing of Aleksandrs Solovjovs, who is valued at £400,000 by his club.

The Latvian Under 21 international winger has been training with the Clarets and has so far featured in three of Burnley’s Pre-Season games with starts at Glentoran and Bradford, followed by a substitute appearance against Inverness at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Todmorden News and The Burnley Express understand that a representative of Burnley Football Club has today flown out to Latvia to try to finalise the deal, with Coyle not keen on the price tag for the youngster.

Solovjovs was close to a switch to UEFA Cup holders Zenit St Petersburg, but the left winger prefers English football after enjoying trial spells with Chelsea and the Clarets. Mark Hughes also tried to sign the youngster during his time with Blackburn Rovers.

Speaking after Solovjovs’ brief appearance against Inverness on Saturday, Coyle told the Burnley Express: ‘He’s certainly not a free agent. There’s finance involved in that as well.

‘It was difficult for him coming on in the game. He wasn’t at the level he showed the other night (at Bradford), but having said that, we were playing a team that plays at the top level in Scotland.

‘We’ll look at it, and it’s only fair that I speak to Aleksandrs and his representative first.’

Coyle is still on the look out for new additions to Burnley’s squad as he looks to build a promotion worthy squad in time for the big kick off against Sheffield Wednesday, adding to his six summer signings.

‘It’s an ongoing procedure. We’re still making calls and speaking to the relevant clubs.’ Coyle continued, whilst also stating that he expects no one to leave Turf Moor now.

‘It might involve juggling a few balls. There might be one or two who we think aren’t going to play week in, week out, and if there’s interest in them, then that’s something we have to look at, but at this moment in time we’ll work hard with what we’ve got.’

‘I haven’t canvassed for anybody to be leaving. People call you and there have been a couple of tentative enquiries about different things. But that’s all that’s in it. There’s nothing imminent in that at the moment.’