Fortuna Düsseldorf want Rouwen on the cheap
Striker Rouwen Hennings, who netted two goals for Burnley last season at Cardiff and Middlesbrough, the second of them in the FA Cup, is looking to make his move back to Germany a permanent one.
He’s settled in at Fortuna Düsseldorf and has scored eight times for them in 23 appearances since joining the Bundesliga 2 club on loan from Burnley in August of last year. He has a good goalscoring record in that league and was one of the leading scorers in the league when at his last club Karlsruher.
It appears Burnley are happy to sell a player who remains under contract until the end of the 2017/18 season but the fee is proving to be a stumbling block with the Clarets looking to recoup around £1.5 million for him.
Fortuna are not geared up to paying that sort of fee but they claim not to have given up hope of Burnley reducing their valuation in the summer.
Speaking to the German press, who suggested he could go on strike rather than return to Turf Moor, Hennings said: “I am under contract in Burnley and am not a rebel. If the British say no, that’s the way it is.
“I signed there and would go back and give my best there if there is no agreement between the clubs.”
He made it clear he and his family have settled well in the area and would like to stay. “The family feels very comfortable here,” he said. “The children have become very settled here. We also like the city of Düsseldorf very much, because it is modern, offers everything, but it’s not too big and from here everything is easy to reach. We quickly got used to it.”
Hennings signed for the Clarets in August 2015 and made his debut as a substitute at Ipswich once international clearance came through. But he failed to establish himself in the team with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray preferred up front. He made 28 league and cup appearances in total but only four of those were starts. His last appearance was in the 1-1 home draw against Wolves last March; on that occasion he replaced Gray with nine minutes remaining.
I suspect the most likely outcome is that either the two clubs will do a deal or Burnley will allow him to spend another season there on loan before his contract comes to an end.Share this page :