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Blades In Talks Over Lafferty Deal

5 January 2017

Sean Dyche has confirmed that Sheffield United are in talks over a possible permanent move for Clarets’ left-back Danny Lafferty.

Lafferty has helped the Blades climb to the top of League One since joining them on loan at the end of August.

And United boss Chris Wilder is keen to keep the Northern Ireland international, 27, who is out of contract at Burnley at the end of the season, at Bramall Lane.

Dyche said: “Chris has had a conversation with me and I think they are going to speak to the player to firm up the situation, should it be one that could happen.

“We are quite open with that situation. I think Danny has enjoyed it there and he’s done well. Chris has confirmed that to me, so that’s an ongoing situation.”

Danny Lafferty has only been on the losing side once in 20 games for Sheffield United

While Dyche would appear happy to sanction a deal for Lafferty, who has also had loan spells at Rotherham and Oldham Athletic since joining the Clarets from Derry City in January, 2012, he does not expect to lose any first-team players during the January transfer window.

“We are very strong at the moment financially, so there’s no pressure or threat from people looking at our players, unless we choose that to happen,” added the Burnley boss.

“But even then the focus would only be on the younger players to further their experience. We’re not looking beyond that.”  

The Clarets have had a group of young players out on loan during the first half of the season.

Of those, Dan Agyei, Josh Ginnelly, Alex Whitmore and Ntumba Massanka have this week returned to Turf Moor at the end of their temporary deals.

And Dyche may now look to let them out again to gain further first-team experience.

He said: “It’s good to have them back and for different reasons I think they have all done quite well, so we’ve been pleased with that group.

“It may well be they go out again now, should we deem it appropriate.”

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