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Burnley want Darel Russell

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:59 06 July 2010

Premier League new-boys Burnley are ready to offer Darel Russell a Norwich City escape route.

Clarets' boss Owen Coyle has reportedly had a fresh inquiry rejected for the out-of-favour Canaries' midfielder after lodging a £600,000 offer just 12 months ago.

Premier League new-boys Burnley are ready to offer Darel Russell a Norwich City escape route.

Clarets' boss Owen Coyle has reportedly had a fresh inquiry rejected for the out-of-favour Canaries' midfielder after lodging a £600,000 offer just 12 months ago.

Russell only has one year left on his current Carrow Road deal, but the former City trainee appears surplus to requirements after being left out of Norwich's early pre-season fixtures.

The 28-year-old missed the club's Scottish tour along with Coventry-bound Sammy Clingan. Now Coyle has targeted the combative midfielder to add some valuable experience to his youthful squad.

Russell was recently linked with a possible Preston switch as a makeweight in the proposed deal for Simon Whaley. City chief executive David McNally confirmed last night the club remain confident of completing the 24-year-old's signing but ruled out any imminent departures.

“We're still in discussions with his representatives at this stage but there is nothing further to report,” said McNally.

“Sometimes these things can take a while but hopefully in the next few days we will be in a position to announce improvements to Bryan Gunn's squad. By the same token, one or two will be leaving the club but, again, there is nothing immediate happening on that front.”

City look poised to cash in on Russell, with Gunn having already recruited midfield duo Owen Tudur Jones and Matt Gill while academy prospect Tom Adeyemi impressed on the Scottish tour.

Coyle is a confirmed admirer after his failed approach last summer with Burnley reportedly ready to step up their interest following the club's north American training camp.

The Championship play-off winners played the first game of their transatlantic tour last night against VC Fusion and fly home after this weekend's match against Portland Timbers.

Coyle wants to bolster his unproven squad for Burnley's top flight return after a 33-year absence. The Clarets recently missed out on Scotland's young-player-of-the year James McCarthy, who snubbed Turf Moor for Lancashire rivals Wigan.

Hibs' striker Steven Fletcher arrived for a club record £3m fee in June before Coyle's double capture last week of young defenders Brian Easton and Richard Eckersley.

Coyle is now targeting experience but the Clarets' chief refuses to pay over the odds ahead of the club's Premiership bow.

“The easiest thing from a selfish point of view in terms of a manager would be to go out and sign four or five players and cost the club big salaries,” he said.

“But it would be remiss of me to do that in my duties as manager of the football club, and I won't. If it means that we put a team out that have to learn and learn quickly then that's what we'll do. But I've got no doubts these players can evolve.

“We haven't got the finished article and many haven't played at this level. Some have had fleeting exchanges at Premier League level, but it's an unknown quantity but what I know is that we have the desire and ability, I believe, to cope with that. That's the only way forward for this football club, otherwise you put yourselves in the realms of financial ruin.”

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