Burnley target Francesco Margiotta is now a free agent after his contract with Swiss outfit FC Luzern was terminated, according to Zentral Plus.
With four spots remaining in their 25-man Premier League roster, the Clarets have a bit of wriggle room when it comes to signing unattached players outside the transfer window.
After a miserable start to the season, could Sean Dyche be tempted to dip into the free-agent pool for a man who suddenly finds himself without a club following a bitter and public dispute?
Margiotta was linked with a move to Turf Moor by the Sun (31 August, page 62) after producing a career-best 14 goals and 12 assists for Luzern last term.
But the former Juventus youngster obviously felt that his performances over in Switzerland went unrewarded, expressing his dissatisfaction at a club who failed to offer him improved terms as a reward for a fine run of form.
“After my first season, after my good performances, I expected the club to make me a new (contract) offer,” Margiotta told Luzerner Zeitung.
“(Luzern should say) ‘What a sacrifice you made to get here. We want to renew the contract out of gratitude’. Instead, nothing happened.”
According to Zentral Plus, a rather unseemly debate has ended with Margiotta’s departure.
He wanted an improved contract. Now, he has no contract at all.
The Italian is free to join a new club and a Burnley side who have scored just three times in four matches could benefit from some extra attacking thrust.
Chievo Verona are currently the favourites for Margiotta’s signature, according to SerieB News.