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Clarets swoop for Fulham midfielder

1 March 2013

Swedish international Kacaniklic joins Burnley

The Clarets have swooped to clinch a loan deal for exciting Fulham midfielder Alex Kacaniklic.

The Sweden international, 21, is to stay at Turf Moor until the end of the season and will be eligible to make a possible debut at Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Kacaniklic, who has made 15 Premier League appearances for Fulham this season and scored three times, becomes Sean Dyche’s first new recruit as Burnley boss.

And his move to Burnley will mean a second stint playing under Dyche after the Clarets’ chief signed the former Liverpool youngster in a loan deal for Watford last season.

Kacaniklic, who can play centrally or on the left side of midfielder, made a dozen Championship appearances for the Hornets, scoring his first goal in a 3-2 win over Burnley at Vicarage Road in March.

“He is an exciting young prospect and something different to what we have, which is important. He’s dynamic and can mix up his game,” said a delighted Dyche.

“He was with us at Watford last year and was then called back and went into Fulham’s first team, which is obviously a good sign.

“He has started this season in the Premier League and got himself a couple of goals.

“It’s a good link with Fulham. They know their player was looked after at Watford. He is aware of us as a staff and knows he will get looked after here.

“That’s one of the key things. We do look after players here. We look to develop our own and anyone who joins us.”

Alex Kacaniklic played against the Clarets last season

Dyche has had to be patient in his quest to bring in new blood since his appointment at the end of October.

Injuries to Dean Marney and Chris McCann make the arrival of Kacaniklic, who started his career with hometown club Helsingborg before joining Liverpool’s youth set-up in 2007 and then moving to Fulham in 2010, particularly timely.

But Dyche stressed that the player had been a long-standing in his quest to strengthen the Clarets’ squad.

“As I have stated all along we have been monitoring the market. We have tried to get players,” Dyche added.

“It’s one that’s come about the right time. We want someone who can affect the group and we want others and if we can get the right ones for the right reasons, who fit in with the finances of the 
club, then we will do that.

“We want to be progressive as a team and we have been waiting for the chance to freshen things and also allowed the group here to deliver what they can show us.

“We have hit that sticky pitch and things don’t go on forever when you just work with the same players. Eventually, change comes.

“We want to progress but this isn’t just about an awkward couple of results. We have been trying and Fulham have been aware of our interest for some time now.

“It’s not just a kneejerk reaction. It has been in the pipeline for weeks. But as I have said recently, you have to wait for everything to align; our club, their club - and particularly the circumstances at a club you are trying to get a player from - and the individual. 

“All those things have to align and it has done, so we are really pleased with that.”

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