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Burnley reject Wolves loan move for Martin Paterson

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Wolves were today knocked back in their deadline-day loan bid for Burnley striker Martin Paterson.

The Clarets have rejected an enquiry from Wolves which was lodged yesterday, and from Blackpool for Chris McCann. Both players are out of contract at the end of the season.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said today: "We're not expecting anything going out of the building. The players are not out of contract as in leaving at this moment."

Wolves enquired about taking the 25-year-old Northern Ireland international on loan with a view to a permanent deal in the summer, providing they stay in the Championship.

They did, however, today complete the signing of Slovakia international goalkeeper goalkeeper Marian Kello on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old has been snapped up after a three-day trial with Dean Saunders' side.

The 6ft 2in tall gloveman played more than 75 games for Hearts during a four-year stint with the Scottish club and has also played for FC Vitkovice in the Czech Republic and FBK Kaunas in Lituania.

Ahead of today's 5pm loan deadline, Saunders confirmed they had enquired over Paterson's availability.

"He was one that I considered but he is unavailable," said the boss.

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It looks as if Wolves will have to wait until the summer before they can resurrect their interest.

Burnley have tried to persuade Paterson to sign a new contract several times this season.

But talks have broken down, chiefly because the striker doesn't want to play on the left wing, where he has been used for much of this campaign, with the team playing the prolific Charlie Austin on his own up front.

The Turf Moor club could have saved a big wage in the knowledge that they have Charlie Austin, former Wolves man Sam Vokes and Danny Ings as striking options.

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Paterson has made 32 league appearances for Burnley this season, including seven off the bench.

Four of his five club goals this term came in his first 12 games – the last of the quartet came in the 2-0 win against Wolves on November 3 – but he has only netted once in his last 20 appearances. But he has a pedigree at Championship level.

A £1m signing from Scunthorpe in 2008, Paterson has scored 34 times in 145 appearances for Burnley, and was a regular in the Clarets' Premier League season alongside Steven Fletcher the year after scoring 19 goals to help fire them to promotion through the play-offs.

He started his career with hometown club Stoke – where he was a team-mate of Wolves captain Karl Henry – but failed to gain a regular place and was loaned to Grimsby before a permanent switch to Scunthorpe, where he scored 13 goals in 40 Championship appearances before moving to Turf Moor.

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