CLARETS ARE CHASING A CORKER
BURNLEY are lining up an ambitious double swoop for Southampton midfielder Jack Cork and West Brom defender Craig Dawson.
Cork was a big Turf Moor favourite during the Clarets’ last spell in the Premier League when he signed on a seasonlong loan from Chelsea. The 24-year-old helped Burnley win promotion
during another loan stint the season before and the Clarets would love to have him back to help their battle against the drop.
Cork (left) has rejected a new deal with the Saints – where he has been since 2011 – and looks set to leave this summer in search of more regular first-team football.
There could be a scramble for his services, but Burnley boss Sean Dyche hopes he can get in early and persuade the former England Under-21 star to move north again this month.
Dyche is desperate to strengthen in central midfield, but knows wages may be a problem in tempting Cork.
The Clarets are also keen to add another centre-back to their squad and Dawson is back on their radar.
Burnley wouldn’t match Albion’s asking price in the summer for the ex-Rochdale defender, who fancied a move back to the North West.
The 24-year-old then became a first-team regular under Alan Irvine, but has lost his place in recent weeks with Gareth McAuley and Joleon Lescott the preferred pairing at the Hawthorns.
That has alerted Dyche, but he needs to convince new Baggies boss Tony Pulis to sell to a potential relegation rival.