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More here from Andy Jones on a hopelessly disappointing morning for Burnley:
Dinamo Zagreb have announced that Mislav Orsic will stay at the club, dealing a blow to Burnley who were in advanced negotiations to sign the Croatia international.
Athleticism understands Burnley were surprised by Saturday morning’s announcement, in which Zagreb said 29-year-old Orsic would stay at the club for the rest of the season.
Talks between the two clubs were at an advanced stage, with Burnley chairman Alan Pace traveling to Croatia on Friday to hold face-to-face negotiations.
There were suggestions that an agreement between the two sides was very close as early as Tuesday – but the negotiations didn’t always go smoothly and Dinamo’s determination to play Orsic in an important league game on Sunday added an extra layer complication in the talks.
It’s understood Burnley haven’t completely given up hope of signing Orsic – but a deal for the winger is now much more likely to happen this summer.
It no longer serves Burnley now. The club were hoping to add a wide midfielder in the January window as they needed reinforcements to help their survival, particularly after Chris Wood’s departure to Newcastle United.
Sean Dyche’s side are bottom of the Premier League table.
That now leaves Burnley and Pace scrambling to find solutions with time ticking and Monday’s transfer deadline fast approaching.