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1516 burnley chris long 00 630x420Former Everton striker Chris Long looks set to return to Burnley from Fleetwood Town before the January window closes to enable him to go out on loan again with all of Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City and Wigan Athletic having been linked with him.

Long signed for Fleetwood on a season long loan in August with their manager Uwe Rösler saying: “We are delighted to sign Chris, he turned down many other options to join us. He’s a player I’ve known for a long time and I actually tried to sign him when I was manager of Wigan.”

The deal did allow for a recall in January and today Sean Dyche “There was a mutual agreement that he’s likely to come back, and he will possibly go out again. There are a few clubs interested.”

Those few clubs seem to include Bolton, Bradford City and Wigan. Wherever he goes, Long will be hoping to get back on the goal trail. He started well at Fleetwood and in August and September scored in three successive games, the first at Southend and then in home games against Coventry and Charlton.

However, he’s scored only once in 18 games since and that was at Port Vale in November when he was sent off right at the end of the game, coming in for some criticism from his manager.

He has scored goals in the Championship. Prior to joining Burnley he made ten league appearances for Brentford, of which two were starts, and scored four goals, the last of which came in a 3-2 win at Blackburn when Andre Gray scored the winning goal.

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