Date: 4th July 2010 at 10:49am
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If you believe the Sunday tittle-tattle today, the Clarets are interested in Coventry midfielder, Aron Gunnarsson

This is not the first time we have been linked with the 21 year old Icelandic international.

We were reported to be interested in the January window but there were was no firm evidence confirming the speculation.

Laws was understood to have been impressed with Gunnarsson having seen him in action while boss of Sheffield Wednesday.

A transfer fee of £950,000 was even mooted but the player remained at Coventry.

Gunnarsson began his career with local Icelandic side Þór Akureyri in 2005, before moving to Holland after signing for AZ in 2006. He made one full appearance for AZ in the 2007-08 season. He then moved to Coventry City in June 2008.

Gunnarsson currently has 17 Icelandic caps and made his international debut in Iceland’s 2-0 friendly defeat against Belarus on 2 February 2008.

Clarets fans will be impressed if we are targeting Gunnarsson and if we sign him, we might have an extra arrow to our bow should we get a throw in! He is rather like Stoke’s Rory Delap an expert at long throw ins!!

Would be nice to have him in place when we play Stoke in the pre-season friendly at the Galpharm later this month!

It looks like we face competition though for his signature from (Oh No!) Premier League Bolton and Championship club, Middlesbrough.

Further news today also suggests we could have a difficult time trying to hold on to both Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles.

Mears is understood to have once more made it clear that he wants a move away from Turf Moor with Brian Laws subsequently slapping a £3 million price tag on his head.

Both Bolton and Wigan are understood to be sniffing around.

Bolton’s chances of signing Mears could be dependent on cash raised by selling their players, most notably former loan Claret, Gary Cahill. Manchester United have today been reported to be interested in the 24 year old, former Aston Villa defender and could be prepared to fork out £15 million to sign him.

Another player who has made it clear he would have to play in the Premier League to further his career and achieve his ambitions is Chris Eagles. Widely expected to leave Turf Moor, he is still on our books despite speculation that Spurs and Everton were competing for his signature earlier in the summer.

Linked to SPL club, Celtic in midweek today it is reported than Premier League new boys, Blackpool could be interested in bringing Eagles to Bloomfield Rd although Seasiders gaffer, Ian Holloaway would only appear to be seeking a season-long loan.

Eagles still has a year of his contract to run at Burnley but surely since he seems keen on leaving, it would be best to cash in now rather than run the risk of losing him on a Bosman when his contract expires next summer.

Talking of Eagles, one of our former players, released this summer is on George Burley’s radar at Crystal Palace.

Palace are in a bit of a financial pickle though and came close recently to liquidation so the new boss at the club will have to tread carefully with limited funds available. He is looking therefore at the free transfer market and he would appear to have identified defender, Stephen Jordan as a potential target.

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