Owen Coyle keen on Texan Stuart Holden
Published 22:45 27/12/09 By MirrorFootball
Burnley boss Owen Coyle is ready to snap up United States tough guy midfielder Stuart Holden - the only Scot who will make it to the World Cup finals next summer.
Coyle has invited the Aberdeen-born starlet for talks at the end of his contract with top MLS side Houston Dynamo and hopes to beat neighbours Blackburn Rovers to his signature.
Holden has lived in Texas since he was a kid but had one bitter taste of Premier League football as a top prospect at Sunderland – where he was badly injured when he was beaten up in a night-club incident.
But Holden has proved a big success across the Atlantic and forced his way into the US team, with an eye on making their squad for South Africa.
Holden is due to tell Houston that he is leaving in the next few days and Coyle plans to bring the combative star to Turf Moor despite reports of a four-year deal on offer at Blackburn.
Coyle wants to see the free agent at first hand but the reports on him are good and his hard-running, physical style could add some steel to a Clarets side that is looking for a stronger edge.
Holden can join Burnley for nothing and come within their low pay scale, with the deal appealing to both sides as they close in on the transfer.
And as Holden has a British passport there would be no need for a work permit which could also speed the process and bring him to the Premier League sooner rather than later.