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Since the end of last season, in fact even before the season ended, Burnley have been linked with a number of midfield players, the likes of Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace), Dale Stephens (Brighton) and Charlie Adam at Stoke.

Some of those links have been stronger than others. We’ve had, according to reports, more than one offer turned down for each of Hendrick and Stephens while the link to Westwood remains as strong as ever.

The Ledley speculation has gone quiet and the same could have been said for Stoke’s Charlie Adams who similarly appeared on the radar for a short time.

However, any link and any interest in Adams is now surely over after Stoke boss Mark Hughes spoke about it yesterday. The Stoke Sentinel suggested that the link had come because of our general manager Matt Williams who performed a similar role at Blackpool during the time Adam was at Bloomfield Road.

“I think there was a little bit of interest in Charlie, but we haven’t encouraged that,” Hughes said. “Charlie is a part of what we are doing here moving forward, so that’s not a situation that will develop.”

The 30-year-old Adam, pictured in Stoke’s 3-0 defeat against Burton yesterday, has been at Stoke for the last four seasons after signing from Liverpool for a £5 million fee, this a year after Roy Hodgson had paid £9 million to take him to Anfield from Blackpool. He’s gone on to make over 120 appearances for the Potteries team and has scored 19 goals.

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