Date: 23rd June 2010 at 10:05am
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Brian Laws has made it plain he wants all his new signings on board within the next three weeks ahead of the Singapore tour.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph he said:

“Even though I have been away, I have been making contact with agents and players.

“There has been good progress made while I have been away.

“Progress is being made and we feel very confident that we will achieve those targets.

“I am talking to agents and we are hoping to start to see some good signings come in over the next week or so.

“We have identified a few targets where we want to strengthen and we are hoping to progress that rapidly before we get back to pre-season on July 1.

“I certainly want to complete all our signings before we travel to Singapore on the 17th.’

But what is the current status of both new players potentially coming and those likely to leave?

First of all Laws has not given up on Robbie Blake who was understood to be discussing a potential two year deal with SPL club, Hearts this week.

Blake turned down a new offer from Burnley this summer preferring a straight two year deal rather than a one year deal with the option to extend a year subject to performance and appearances.

Clarets fans would be delighted if Laws and Blake could somehow agree a deal at this late stage and Laws has certinly left the offer open.

‘We want Robbie at Burnley Football Club.He is a crowd favourite. I don’t think he will get that anywhere else and we know what he can give us, said Laws

‘At the moment,it’s a bit of a stalemate but there is still plenty of time and we will give him that time’

Another former Claret in the news recently is last season’s loan from Portsmouth, striker David Nugent. New boss at Pompey and former Clarets gaffer, Steve Cotterill has not ruled out tempting David Nugent to stay at Fratton Park despite the fact he is keen to realise his ambitions in the Premier League.

Cotterill said:

‘I need to sit down with David and see what he wants to do.

‘He is a good footballer, he can score goals at Championship level and I am not going to forget him or write him off.’

It is understood they will be in talks this week to see if anything can be agreed but it does raise the question whether Burnley could or should enter the race to sign him too if he could be tempted to stay in the Championship. What could Portsmouth possibly offer that Burnley could not and surely our chances of promotion would be greater than Pompey’s?

A Clarets offer of about £1.5 million for 25-year-old midfielder and former loan Peter Whittingham was turned down by Cardiff City and it would appear that we now face competition from Nottingham Forest who we play against in the season openner at Turf Moor.

Cardiff value Whittingham at £3m but Forest are believed to be ready to test the water with a bid approaching £2m.

The one player who looks closest to signing is Billy Sharp from Sheffield United with local media reports suggesting he could become our third new signing of the summer sometime this week.