Drinkwater seals move to Burnley
Danny Drinkwater has completed a loan deal from Chelsea to Burnley until January 6.
The Clarets were looking to further strengthen their squad in the dying embers of the transfer window following a relatively quiet summer.
Only Erik Pieters, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and former favourite Jay Rodriguez had joined up as they look to improve on their 15th-place finish from last season.
It was a steep drop from seventh the year before after their early start for the Europa League backfired, and but for a strong end to the campaign they would have been in a big relegation dogfight.
Now, as they prepare for their first match of the season at home Southampton on Saturday, the Clarets have sealed the deal for the a three-cap England international.
Drinkwater had been completely out of the picture at the Blues for a year after falling out favour under old manager Maurizio Sarri.
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He made just one competitive appearance last season, as a substitute in the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City, with Sarri saying he did not fit into his tactical plans.
His prospects of first-team football at the Blues under Frank Lampard looked equally bleak, with the new manager preferring to blood academy players.
The move for Drinkwater is on a half-season loan deal, with Burnley reluctant to pay a fee and match his £100,000 per week wages.
Manager Sean Dyche is pleased with his arrival, but admits he may need time to sharpen up before he plays regularly.
“I would imagine he is hungry and has a desire to be active and play, but there is no guarantees with any signing you make,” he said.
“You can only hedge your bets the right way, but after a couple of quiet years I imagine he is hungry and has a desire to prove himself, first of all to himself.
“He is a good player and we all know that. He has to be fit enough and ready enough to go, and oust the people that are here, so that will be his challenge.”
Elsewhere, Burnley look set to wave goodbye to Nahki Wells after an underwhelming two-year stint in Lancashire.
He spent last season on at QPR, scoring seven goals in 40 Championship appearances, and now could be set for another year at Loftus Road.