Burnley have today been linked with both Newcastle United defender David Edgar and Celtic man mountain Bobo Balde, as Owen Coyle continues his search to bring reinforcements into Turf Moor this summer.
According to a report in the Newcastle Chronicle,
Canadian international Edgar is unhappy at the new contract offered at St. James' Park, which appears to have opened the door for Coyle to make his move for the versatile 22-year-old.
Having reportedly had a loan bid for Edgar turned down in January, Coyle may finally get his man after being alerted to the player's unhappiness on Tyneside.
Meanwhile, the Clarets boss is also said to have made an offer for 33-year-old Balde as he looks to further strengthen his defensive options ahead of the club's debut season in the Premier League.
While it is understood that Birmingham
City boss Alex McLeish has offered the Guinean a trial in order to have a closer look at him, Coyle has stepped in to offer the powerful centre-back a permanent deal at Turf Moor.
In an interview with skysports.com
Balde said: "I have an offer of a trial with Birmingham. They have asked me to join them for pre-season when they return on 8th July," said Balde.
"The club have already told me there will be a two-year contract on the table for me if I do well and impress during my trial period.
"Burnley have also made me an offer, but unconditionally.
"I will have to have a think about things before I decide my future.
"My career is changing in such a way that I must accept the situation.
"I am 33, I have not played much over the last 12 months and I am not in a position of strength.
"When a player is inactive, they lose the rhythm and habit of duels. This is my case and I must accept it."
However, with regards to the Burnley
link it remains to be seen whether or not there is any substance to this, as only last week, Owen Coyle outlined his plans to bring in younger talent to bolster his squad ahead of the upcoming season.