Date: 1st February 2011 at 8:23am
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The Clarets finished up signing just two players in this month`s January transfer window. First striker, Charlie Austin from Swindon arrived last week and it looks like Bournemouth midfielder, Marvin Bartley will also be on his way after the clubs agreed a fee late last night on the last day of the transfer window which closed at 11pm.

So that`s the ‘Ins` sorted, what about the ‘Outs`?

Well the good news is we appear to have held onto all our players but have allowed two more players to go out on loan.

Preston sounded at one point to be plotting a Burnley ‘B` team. Having already secured Leon Cort on an extended loan they were rumoured to be also interested in Michael Duff and were strongly linked with Chris Iwelumo. Indeed a deal fell through in the end when Preston could not accommodate his wage demands without smashing their salary cap.

North End Chairman, Maurice Lindsay conceded to the Evening Post:

‘A few have gone against us, we’ve been unlucky with a couple, but that is the way things go sometimes.

‘Before the weekend we tried to get Iwelumo from Burnley. We agreed a transfer fee but his wages would have smashed our wage bill to pieces.

‘Phil (Brown) liked Iwelumo a lot, but he understands that the club got into difficulties because it was paying wages beyond its means.

‘We were looking to sign both him and Leon Clarke to give Phil a strong hand when it came to strikers.’

News then broke on Sky Sports that two other unnamed clubs were after the Big Scot`s services but in the end neither appear to have been successful so it looks like our leading goal scorer will be staying at Turf Moor unless a loan deal is on the cards.

The most fearful news for Clarets fans over the transfer window came when Everton were strongly linked with a £4 million move for Chris Eagles. Burnley denied an approach had been made but the media hype continued to suggest otherwise.

As late as yesterday afternoon, Eddie Howe said:

‘The rumour doesn’t go away but we’ve had no direct contact with anybody. It keeps resurfacing day after day, I’m not sure why.

‘We don’t want to welcome any offers for him. We want to keep him and hopefully we can.

‘We don’t want to lose him and hopefully the day will pass without him going anywhere.’

It looks like we were successful and Eagles remains a Claret at least for the remainder of this season but Everton are expected to be back in for him in the summer, especially if we don`t get promoted.

We also managed to hold onto Tyrone Mears despite a suggestion at one point that Portsmouth gaffer and former Clarets manager, Steve Cotterill may have been interested in bringing the right back to Fratton Park.

One player though who we won`t be seeing playing for the Clarets anymore this season is defender, David Edgar. Swansea City have signed him on loan for the rest of the season, subject to Football League clearance.

This will be Edgar`s second spell at the Liberty Stadium having been on loan last season where he notched up five games even managing to score a goal!

Young centre back, Kevin Long has also gone back out on loan returning to Accrington Stanley after recovering from injury.

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