Laws braced for Cork battle

Clarets keen to keep promising midfielder

Cork: Has caught the eye

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Brian Laws is ready to do all he can to keep loan star Jack Cork at Burnley for the remainder of the season.

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The England Under 21 international is currently at Turf Moor on a short-term agreement from Chelsea.

The Blues are happy for the promising midfielder to continue his development at the Championship club, but may opt to cash in on him during the January transfer window.

Burnley are aware that such a decision would scupper their plans, with Cork having become an important figure for them this term.

Laws is therefore determined to avoid parting with the 21-year-old, and has not ruled out the prospect of the Clarets launching their own bid for the youngster.

"The simple case is there has to be a permanent move if Jack leaves this football club," he told Burnley's official website.

Positive

"We have got him until the end of the season and the only thing that would stop it would be a permanent move to somewhere else.

"But Jack is very, very happy here and it would have to be some club to prise him away.

"We are very keen to keep him. We are making positive moves to try and keep him here permanently."

Laws accepts that Cork's form this season is likely to have drawn attention, but insists there is no chance of him leaving Burnley without a fight.

"We can't stop people looking at him and if he is playing well for us he is in the shop window," he added.

"Therefore it will attract one or two, but we have got to be ready and prepared if anything happens like that and we are in a really strong position to do that."