Five players Burnley could sign on loan this season

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Too ambitious or a perfect fit? Five players Burnley could take on loan for their bid to stay in the Premier League.

1) Martin Kelly

Martin Kelly has been a promising defender ever since he first burst onto the scene at Liverpool. At one point, Kelly was considered England material, while he has featured in bursts at Anfield over the years.

Injuries curtailed his career, however, with the now 24-year-old suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear and struggling to get back into the Reds' side.

That does not mean, though, that Kelly is no longer a good defender. He struggles to break into the team at Liverpool but due only to a strong level of competition. Brendan Rodgers has reportedly told the versatile defender he has a future at Anfield - so what better way to bolster Burnley's defence than by offering to take the centre-back/right-back on loan?

2) Michael Keane

Another talented young defender the Clarets could bring to Turf Moor is Manchester United's Michael Keane. The 21-year-old enjoyed a fine campaign last season, spending some of it on loan at Derby County, while he has produced solid displays for England at Under-21 level.

After several loan spells in the Championship, Man United may consider a short-term move to a Premier League club the next step to test the centre-back. Why not make Burnley that club?

3) Jack Rodwell

With Manchester City having signed yet another midfielder in Fernando this summer, Jack Rodwell's future at the club is looking less and less certain.

At Everton, the midfield man demonstrated his quality, while he has also performed in the rare appearances that he has been handed at the Etihad Stadium.

Rodwell's signing may be less realistic, with the Toffees looking to re-sign him, while West Bromwich Albion are also interested. But should a club come in with a loan move, perhaps with a view to a permanent transfer, the 23-year-old's value would be likely to rise for a future sale. 

4) Scott Sinclair

In an almost identical position to Rodwell is Scott Sinclair, whose time at Manchester City appears to be up. The 25-year-old has been told he can leave the Etihad Stadium but that could reportedly be on a short-term basis once more.

Sinclair spent last season on loan at West Brom and, should Swansea City decide not to re-sign the winger (they are reported to have doubts), he would be a perfect loanee for Burnley. Sinclair is proven at Premier League level and has shown what he can do if given regular football.

5) Harry Kane

Harry Kane provides Burnley a seemingly realistic option to loan up front. The young Tottenham striker's future looks to almost certainly be at White Hart Lane - but new boss Mauricio Pochettino could yet sign another striker, leaving Spurs with Kane, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado plus one.

That would give the 20-year-old significantly less game-time - already small as it is - making a loan move a wise option. Like Keane, a temporary switch to a Premier League side would surely benefit Tottenham immensely, while also giving Burnley more depth in attack.

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