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Burnley out for Chris Wood revenge after bidding for reported Newcastle target as replacement



Wendel and Sardar Azmoun celebrating for Zenit Saint Petersburg

Various sources are indicating that Burnley have made a bid for Lyon striker Sardar Azmoun, who could become their replacement for Chris Wood.

Burnley recently lost Wood to Premier League relegation rivals Newcastle. The Magpies activated a release clause in the New Zealand international’s contract. As such, the Clarets were powerless to keep one of their most successful players of recent years.

Now, if they are to stand any chance of avoiding the drop, they need to use the last 10 days of the transfer window to find a new source of goals.

And according to multiple reports, one man they have identified as a potential replacement is Sardar Azmoun.

The Iran international is out of contract with Zenit Saint Petersburg at the end of the season. He appears to be ready for a move to one of Europe’s bigger leagues.

Azmoun has admirers in France, where Lyon are aiming to snap him up. But the Ligue 1 outfit have been aware of competition for some time.

Ironically, one of the supposed threats to their pursuit of the player – according to reports towards the start of the month – has been Newcastle.

It is not clear if their interest in Azmoun remains, but if it does, Burnley could be about to try and get their own back.

Football Insider are among the sources reporting that the Lancashire side have made an offer to Zenit for the 27-year-old.

The offer is reportedly worth around €10m (or £8.3m), which would be a decent fee for Zenit to receive just before his contract ends. The Russian side are yet to respond, though.

Azmoun’s scoring record suggests he would be worth the investment. He has found the net on 62 occasions from 104 Zenit appearances. At international level, he has 39 goals from 60 Iran caps.

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Burnley still favourites to sign another striker

Meanwhile, TEAMtalk understands that Andy Carroll has rejected an initial offer from Burnley, but talks are continuing over a return to the Premier League.

The 33-year-old is now out-of-contract after his short-term deal with Reading came to an end at the weekend. Carroll returned to action in November, joining Reading following his exit from Newcastle United in the summer.

Carroll performed well for the Royals with two goals and an assist from six starts. We understand that Reading boss Veljko Paunovic is desperate to keep him and they have offered a new deal.

However, Burnley have opened talks to land Carroll, who they believe could help fill the void vacated by Wood.

We now understand that Burnley’s opening offer was shunned by Carroll, who is now training by himself. However, there is an anticipation of another offer and the Clarets remain favourites to land him.

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Kyril Louis-Dreyfus sends message to Sunderland fans following promotion



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Sunderland chairman Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has praised all connected to the club after they secured promotion back to the Championship.

After a tough campaign, which involved the owner making the bold call to sack Lee Johnson and bring in Alex Neil, the Black Cats managed to come through the play-offs after seeing off Sheffield Wednesday and then beating Wycombe 2-0 at Wembley.

The boss managed to bring everyone together at a crucial part of the season, with the fans fully behind the former Norwich City chief.

And, speaking to the club’s media, Louis-Dreyfus sent a message thanking the players, staff and particularly the support as Sunderland prepare for life back in the Championship.

I would like to thank all our fans around the world that have continued to support our club throughout what has been a difficult few years. Saturday was for you and together we achieved our goal.

I commend our players and first-team staff for a great season and also thank all of our employees, who work so hard every day and give everything for the club. Without you, this success would not have been possible.”

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The verdict

It’s nice for Sunderland fans to hear from Louis-Dreyfus and he is understandably very proud of all involved with this promotion push.

As he says, it’s a real team effort from everyone at the club, but the main credit obviously has to go to Neil and the players who delivered in the high-pressure play-off games.

Now, an exciting summer awaits, and Louis-Dreyfus needs to back Neil in the market to ensure the squad is ready to go again next season.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.



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Dejphon Chansiri provides insight to Sheffield Wednesday’s summer transfer plans




With expectation levels expected to mount once the new League One season gets underway, Darren Moore will be hoping it is second-time lucky with Sheffield Wednesday in the third tier. 

The Owls were defeated in their semi-finals of the play-offs, with Sunderland progressing to the final, before eventually succeeding at Wembley. 

With the summer transfer window right around the corner, the recruitment at Hillsborough will be well underway, with those at the club likely to be monitoring several different markets. 

Owner Dejphon Chansiri has provided an insight into the club’s recruitment plan, suggesting that the UK market is not the sole option, telling Yorkshire Live: “Our approach is the same every season. We look in the UK market first before looking at options abroad.

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“We look to see who is available and will fit in with the team, it depends what we need. We will try to bring in the best players whether they are permanent or on loan.”

The verdict 

The Owls will be looking to strengthen to ensure that they avoid the lottery that is the play-offs, with three of the last seasons ending with play-off heartbreak. 

Possessing a strong core to the squad, Moore will be hoping to keep some of his more integral first-teamers, with the likes of Barry Bannan, Lee Gregory and Josh Windass likely to attract attention. 

Prioritising recruiting in the UK first, if the Owls still seek further additions, then it appears that they will cast their eyes elsewhere. 

It remains to be seen if it will come to that as Wednesday prepare for another campaign in League One, and naturally, fans will be setting their sights on the top two. 



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