Date: 14th January 2010 at 9:14am
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David Nugent our on-loan Portsmouth striker is due to return to Fratton Park on January 22nd. It is understood Pompey want to cash in on the striker to ease their financial situation.

Before the managerial changes Coyle made it plain the club did not have enough money to sign Nugent on a permanent deal and that their only hope was to try and get Portsmouth to extend their loan deal to the end of the season,

Most Clarets fans thought we would lose out simply because Portsmouth are in such dire financial straits they would refuse a loan extension preferring instead to sell the player to reduce their debt.

Our new manager though, Brian Laws only confirmed yesterday as the new Burnley FC gaffer is a keen admirer of Nugent and told the official site:

‘David is a terrific player, who I once tried to nick him from Bury when I was at Scunthorpe.But I’ve watched his career and now he’s an established striker, a good one, and we want to keep him here’

The Official Site actually intimate this aim is actually at the top of Laws to-do list.

Laws continued:

‘David is a quality player, and when you look for a striker who has a goalscoring record in the Premier League, and they’re available, they’re hard to come by.When you’ve found one, keep him, and it’s important we do, so we’ll certainly be working very hard with Portsmouth and David and hopefully talk him into staying.’

It is thought the main problem could be Nugent’s salary rather than the transfer fee so a permanent deal still looks a problem and whether a loan extension is still an option with Portsmouth desperate for money remains to be seen.


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