Ings staying put – Clarets chairman

Amid continued speculation over the future of star striker Danny Ings, Clarets co-chairman Mike Garlick insists he will be a Burnley player until the end of the season - at least.

Friday, 5th December 2014, 9:10 am
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The in-form 22-year-old has been linked with January moves to both Southampton and Newcastle United, having netted four times in his last six outings in the Premier League.

Ings is out of contract in the summer, with the club facing a tricky situation whether to cash in in the transfer window, or risk losing the England Under 21 international for potentially less than his market value in the summer - if a new deal can not be agreed in the meantime.

However, Garlick insisted: “Come February 2nd, Danny will be playing for Burnley, 100% guaranteed.

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“Everyone loves having him here, and hopefully he will be here further on.”

He is also determined to hold on to the rest of the side’s crown jewels, while adding to the squad in January: “We are not looking to let anyone go.

“And we’ll look to strengthen, we’ve got a focused approach and given the scouts their remit.

“Hopefully that will yield good results.”

Burnley were criticised in some quarters for a lack of spend in the summer window, with 10 players coming in at a cost of around £8m, but Garlick maintains any new faces have to be the right fit for the club: “January is coming up, and players have to be exactly right for us.

“In the summer, if we had found the right ones,we would have signed them, but we still did a lot of business.

“Hopefully we can be in a position in the table that encourages players to come here.

“If someone said we would be where we are after 14 games, we would probably have been happy, and there is lots to play for.”

Burnley don’t have the sort of finances to take risks in the market, although they have widened the net, having appointed former Everton and Manchester United scout Robbie Cooke as UK and international scout, and Garlick added: “We have less margin for error than other clubs when signing players, but we have a new overseas scouting network recently established, and we are looking down that route - that is a definite possibility.

“But we also need to breed our own talent.

“We have a good mix of players at the moment and we want to carry on that balance.”