CLARETS ARE CHAS­ING A CORKER

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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.

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