Burnley are concerned about the future of another experienced pro at Turf Moor and plan to tie Jack Cork down to a new contract as soon as possible, according to The Sun (12 July, page 61).
While the Clarets are in the midst of another superb season of overachievement, with European qualification for the second time in two years a distinct possibility, things do not appear to be quite as rosy behind the scenes.
Manager Sean Dyche made it clear that he wanted Jeff Hendrick, Joe Hart and Aaron Lennon to stay in Lancashire.
But with three of important squad members leaving when their contracts expired on July 1, The Mail suggests that there are growing divisions between Dyche and chairman Mike Garlick.
Though Burnley’s bosses can improve the mood of their gravel-voiced gaffer by convincing a 31-year-old midfielder to commit his future to the club.
Former Chelsea and Southampton ace Cork is due to become a free agent in the summer of 2021 and that has not gone unnoticed, with the Sun reporting that as-yet unnamed clubs have started knock on the door.
As you might expect, given that the most reliable of performers has started 30 Premier League games this season, Dyche wants him to stay with Burnley set to offer Cork the chance to sign fresh terms.
Then again, given that the former England international is one of the first names on the team sheet at a side who continue to thrive in arguably the most high-profile competition on planet earth, why on earth would Cork want to leave right now?