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Turf: Chairman Reveals Third Record Bid

9 September 2016

Burnley Chairman Mike Garlick has revealed the club attempted to break the transfer record for a third time this summer.

The Clarets brought in two new record signings in Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick, as part of the summer rebuilding plans.

And in his programme notes for this weekend’s edition of ‘Turf’, Mr Garlick explained that the club also narrowly missed out on a Dutch target.



He said: “We’ve reached the end of another transfer window and I am reminded of my form teacher’s comments, while at Burnley Grammar School, which were always the same at the end of every term: ‘Satisfactory and better than last year, but still room for improvement!’.

“This probably sums up, for me, our summer window. I am really pleased with all the players we have signed and there can be no denying I would have liked just one or two more.

“But as the final day was played out in front of the full glare of the media I think it was clear for all to see that we did all we could to add a couple of extra signings.

“We broke our transfer record twice in two weeks with Defour and Hendrick, and while some media outlets seem to think the latter was £10.5m, I can categorically state this is not the case.

“We were also happy to do it a third time for a Dutch player who, in the end, opted to go elsewhere.”

In his programme notes, the Chairman also discusses the budget, and elaborates on the reasons for many deals being done late in the transfer window.

Turf, priced at just £3, is available from the Clarets Store and from all usual matchday vendors ahead of Saturday’s game with Hull City.



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