Burnley reject deadline day desperation claims

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Burnley are adamant they weren't begging for players come the end of the transfer window.

Burnley have rejected claims they were begging for players on deadline day, reports Sky Sports.

A report in The Sun had claimed that the club were left desperate to sign players in the final hours of the January transfer window, and that the club’s scouts had struggled to find any targets, resorting to send out a begging email to agents.

"Just wanted to check if there are any players you are still looking to place that you feel would add to us and suit the group we have,” the email, from Burnley head of recruitment Lee Darnborough is reported to have said.

Now, the club has moved to deny those claims, but have admitted that they did miss out on two players, but that was because of selling clubs pulling out at the last minute.

“As deadline day approached, Burnley had identified its main targets,” said a Burnley statement.

"The email suggested in the newspaper article was sent as a general sweep of selected agents, who naturally are best placed to become aware of any last minute movements in the market regarding their players.”

The three players the club are reported to have missed out on are Stuart Armstong, who ended up joining Celtic, West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans, who also held talks with Championship side Norwich City as well as Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury.

Despite their deadline day failings, Burnley are adamant that they are always looking for new recruits to compliment their squad.

"Burnley Football Club is always looking for players to complement the squad and will leave no stone unturned in that quest,” they added.

“The club has continually been open with supporters about how challenging the market is for a club that continues to act in a financially responsible manner.”

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