Clarets keen to keep top talent

Chief executive Paul Fletcher insists the club will not be looking

to cash in on their top talent, regardless of whether they manage

to stay in the top flight or not. Top scorer Steven Fletcher and

winger Chris Eagles have stood out in the Clarets’ battle to

maintain their Premier League status this season, while defensive

duo Clarke Carlisle and Tyrone Mears are also thought to be

attracting interest from elsewhere. Former manager Owen Coyle is

believed to be keen on a reunion with Scotland international

Fletcher, who he signed for a club-record £3million from

Hibernian last summer. Coyle is also thought to be targeting winger

Wade Elliott but Burnley chief Fletcher is keen to fend off any

potential suitors. “It’s part and parcel of Burnley as a club,” he

told the Lancashire Telegraph. “People will think we are rich

pickings for the wealthy teams but we intend to keep hold of our

best players whether we are in the Premier League or Championship.

“We’ve got four games to go and we’ve still a reasonable chance of

staying up.” Third-bottom Burnley are four points behind West Ham

and five adrift of Wigan and Bolton.