Stan looks to bring in Quinn from the North East

Last updated : 24 February 2002 By Tony Scholes

It now looks as though it is another member of Bobby Robson's squad who could be a target, left back Wayne Quinn. There does seem to be some more logic in this with Stan obviously preferring Lee Briscoe in a midfield role and Graham Branch at times struggling in that position. Only last week we were linked with David Burrows.

However there is a threat from elsewhere. If we did make a £500,000 offer for McClen then that has been gazzumped now with Wolves this week having a £1 million bid turned down by Robson. Not only that Wolves have also enquired about Quinn.

The Clarets have been reported as wanting him on loan and there is every chance that Robson would allow this as he does not feature in the Premiership. Quinn has made just one Worthington Cup and one FA Cup appearance this season to add to six Intertoto Cup games before the season got underway.

He made fifteen Premiership appearances last season after signing from Sheffield United for £800,000 after an initial loan period. He is not without experience though and played in 139 league games for the Blades before making the move to the North East.

The 25 year-old Quinn is clearly not on Bobby Robson's immediate plans and a temporary period at Turf Moor could benefit the player as well as the Clarets. With a move away from Tyneside on the cards he would get the opportunity to impress Stan and/or put himself in the shop window.

Stan has made it clear that any loan move would be with a view to a permanent move (with the possible exception of the Marlon signing which was forced on us) so should Quinn arrive at Turf Moor there would be a strong possibility that the stay could be somewhat longer than a couple of months.