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Just over a week ago Burnley signed former loan player Jack Cork from Swansea City and speculation this morning is suggesting we are set to do just the same for Stoke City right back Phil Bardsley who spent a short time at Turf Moor towards the end of the 2005/06 season.

Bardsley was signed by Steve Cotterill in March 2006 along with Andy Gray who arrived from Sunderland with the two loan players going straight into the team at Stoke. Bardsley, then a 20-year-old at Manchester United, made six appearances for the Clarets before suffering a bad injury in a 0-0 draw at Hull that ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

He played for both Rangers and Aston Villa during the next season before Burnley came very close to signing him permanently early in the 2007/08 season as part of a deal that saw a Burnley youngster move to Old Trafford. Instead he signed a loan deal at Sheffield United before making his first permanent move to Sunderland in January 2008.

He’s since made over 200 Premier League appearances for Sunderland and Stoke but, at 32, he’s no longer first choice in the Potteries and reports this morning suggest he could be on his way to Turf Moor in a cut price deal.

With strong speculation that Tendayi Darikwa could be leaving during this window, it is no surprise to see us linked with a right back.

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