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The Ipswich press are reporting this morning that Michael Kightly is keen to join forces once more with Mick McCarthy with him unable to command a regular slot in the Burnley team.

Kightly, who originally joined the Clarets in September 2013 on a loan deal from Stoke before making his move permanent in the following summer, started just twelve Championship games for us last season and only once played a full 90 minutes.

1516 burnley michael kightly 00 630x420He was in the starting line up for each of the first nine games but was substituted in all of them. He lost his place when Joey Barton was introduced for the 2-1 win at Rotherham and his only other starts were in the first three games of the 23 game unbeaten run when he stood in for the injured George Boyd.

Boyd came on for him in the second half of the 5-0 hammering of MK in January and his only appearance since then was as a substitute in the 3-1 win at Huddersfield when he came on for Scott Arfield. We haven’t seen him in action at home since the 0-0 draw against Ipswich and with the introduction of Lloyd Dyer he wasn’t even making the bench at the end of the season.

The likely signing of Johann Berg Gudmundsson is likely to push him further down the pecking order and the Suffolk press are reporting that he’s told Luke Chambers, the Ipswich captain, that he would love to link up with McCarthy again with the pair on a coaching course together.

Ipswich are in need of wide players. They had six last season but all of them are gone, three released with the other three at Portman Road on loan.

However, Ipswich might struggle to come up with a deal for him. He’s still under contract at Burnley for another year and so we’d be entitled to ask for a fee and he’s currently on a bigger wage than Ipswich would be able to pay. About to move into a 15th successive Championship season, the Premier League money is long in the past for them.

Should he move on, Kights will be remembered fondly by Burnley fans for his performances in the 2013/14 promotion season, not least at the end of the season when he scored the crucial goals at Blackpool and at home against Wigan.

There was some speculation a few weeks ago of a potential move to Ipswich; it wouldn’t be a big surprise with the Clarets preparing for another season in the top flight.

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