‘A couple of clubs have been in contact... we’ll see where that goes’ - Dyche on Ipswich target Walters
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Burnley boss Sean Dyche has admitted Ipswich target Jon Walters could leave Turf Moor prior to Friday’s loan deadline and that ‘a couple of clubs’ have been in contact.
The 34-year-old has yet to start a Premier League game since leaving Stoke for Burnley a year ago and has been made available for loan by the Lancashire club.
He did not train with the Burnley squad today ahead of their Europa League clash with Olympiacos on Thursday night, with Dyche admitting the Republic of Ireland international could soon depart.
“We’re not stretched in literal numbers but we are overloaded in certain areas,” Dyche told the media in Lancashire.
“We looked at the balance, how could we readdress that?
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“We were hoping to balance the squad out in the summer and that has affected some situations, with us still open to loans.
“There’s talk of Jon (Walters). A couple of clubs have been in contact, so we’ll have to see where that goes.”
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Walters scored 31 goals in 146 appearances for the Blues before joining Stoke for £2.75m in August 2010, having signed for just £150,000 in January 2007.
He fits the experienced, physical, striker mould outlined by manager Paul Hurst in his press conference earlier today.
“We’re looking at someone who has a physical presence, certainly, and, if possible, someone who has experience alongside that,” Hurst said when asked about his search for a striker.
“But at the same time what you want in an ideal world and what you can actually get don’t always come together. We’ll see if we can make something like that kind of deal happen.”