Date: 18th July 2011 at 6:44pm
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Is this the power of the internet and club forums or just idle gossip and malicious rumour mongering?

Well one thing is for sure all eyes will be on the team coach tomorrow as the lads set of for their South West Tour. In particular will Chris Iwelumo be amongst them?

We may even have an indication tonight with Daz Bentley tweeting that the squad for the tour could be announced sometime later this evening.

The rumours simply wont go away and with journalists from the local media now tweeting that Chris Iwelumo could be off to Watford tomorrow and Watford forums suggesting he was down in Hertforshire today having a medical, you begin to think there is some truth in the speculation.

Iwelumo seemed to be having a good pre-season with a goal in each of our first two summer friendlies but did his face ever fit at Turf Moor? Certainly his goal tally dried up last season and many Clarets fans became critical and cynical regarding the Scottish international’s performances on the pitch.

Eddie Howe is on record saying he wants to reduce the average age of the squad and with Thompson, Alexander and Carlisle (effectively albeit on loan) already off their books could another 30 something be about to follow suit?

The 32 year old former Wolves striker struggled to establish a regular first team place last season under Howe and he is also thought to be on a fairly high salary. I have heard he could have been on as high as £15k/week so if he does go,that should certainly free up some funds to bring one or two more players into the club before the season kicks off on Saturday 6th August..against,yep Watford at home!

We can but wait and see but if we lose a striker, do Clarets fans think we will need to find a replacement up front? Many may think not with Charlie Austin, Martin Paterson, Jay Rodriguez and youngsters like Wes Fletcher and Alex MacDonald all fighting for a place. Tell us what you think below the article.

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