Clarets continue Nugent talks

Laws will allow players to leave when squad is finalised

Nugent: Refuses to commit

Burnley manager Brian Laws remains optimistic that an agreement can be reached with Portsmouth to ensure that David Nugent's loan is extended.

The striker wants to stay at Turf Moor until the end of the season, having failed to settle at Pompey, but is not prepared to commit to a permanent deal.

Burnley are happy to keep Nugent on loan, however, financially-stricken Portsmouth are eager to sell in order to raise money.

Negotiations are therefore ongoing and Laws, who recently succeeded Owen Coyle, hopes that both parties will reach an amicable solution.

The Burnley boss told his club's official website: "The dialogue is ongoing and we have had good positive enquiries.

"(Operational director) Brendan Flood and the chairman (Barry Kilby) have been communicating (with Portsmouth) on a regular basis, so everyone has their finger on the pulse. It's just a case of making sure everything gets sorted."

Transfer targets

Laws is also working on other transfer targets, with reports suggesting Pompey's Hayden Mullins is a wanted man, and has his fingers crossed that he may have completed a deal in time for Tuesday's trip to Coyle's Bolton.

He said: "We have been working all weekend pursuing a couple of targets and we are closing in on a few.

"We're delighted at the progress made so far and you never know, there might be one in before Tuesday."

If he secures his desired targets, Laws will be prepared to let some fringe members of his inherited squad leave on loan in order to obtain first-team football.

He added: "I am looking to let one or two out on loan to get some games. It's important that while they are not involved that they get games and we have had good positive enquiries for a few.

"But I am going to delay any decisions until we finalise our squad."