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1516 burnley sam vokes 00 300x500Burnley’s first team squad are on their travels today, flying out to the Republic of Ireland and to Fota Island for a few days training that will culminate in a first pre-season game against Cork City at Turner’s Cross in four days time.

Vokes is one of the players who can remember our last trip there in 2013, when the tractor tyres came out on what is known as Gaffer’s Day, and he told the Lancashire Telegraph about looking forward to the trip.

“There’s a lot of benefits,” he said. “It builds up to the game on Friday night against Cork where the lads need to get the minutes in. It’s good to get all the lads together in a close environment, with all the facilities you need, the pitches, the gym and everything around us to put the work in you need for pre-season.”

However, at the same time, there has been apparent interest from Tony Pulis who is looking to replace Britt Assombalonga at Middlesbrough if he can get the right price for him. The North East press are reporting that Pulis is keen on Vokes who featured in 30 Premier League games for the Clarets last season although only started seven of them.

There has been no transfer activity at Burnley this summer, either in our out, other than those players released at the end of last season. Things are expected to start moving on that front soon with a possible two signings this week, but whether Sean Dyche would be willing to lose Vokes is something I wouldn’t expect to be the case at this time.

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