Flood reveals Nugent interest
07 Sep 2009 - 15:41:05
Burnley's operations director Brendan Flood has confirmed that his club beat off competition from Wigan Athletic and Hull City to clinch the loan signing of striker David Nugent.
The 24-year-old has joined the Clarets on an initial six-month loan from Portsmouth, with a deal having been brokered against the clock on deadline day just under a week ago.
Flood told The Citizen: "He is as good a signing as we could have got.
"There was quite a bit of negotiating involved with Portsmouth and getting David in, because there was competition from Hull City and Wigan, but he chose to come to Burnley.
"Owen Coyle is an attractive manager to work for - I think that's a big part in the decision-making of any player now. I've no doubt we play the football he likes to play.
"Also, he is obviously comfortable being around Lancashire, possibly because that's where most of his success has been.
"We were looking at (Hull's) Daniel Cousin, then started talking about Nugent as a possibility on Monday.
"As luck would have it, Portsmouth were willing to loan him rather than sell him. We weren't able to spend the asking price on a full transfer, although we have agreed an option to buy if he does well.
"It took quite a bit of negotiating and it went right to the wire, but we were pleased to get him because he is a really dangerous player."