Transfer window watch: Barnes completes Burnley move

Burnley have completed the signing of Albion striker Ashley Barnes on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Barnes, 24, heads north for an undisclosed fee of about £750,000 after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical yesterday.

Albion head coach Oscar Garcia said: "On behalf of the club, I'd like to thank Ash for his time with us.

“The majority of his time was before I arrived, but he has been a good servant to the club and we all wish him well for the future."

Barnes scored 53 goals for the Seagulls in 170 appearances and helped secure the League One title in 2010-11, scoring the winning goal in the promotion-clinching success against Dagenham.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche insists Barnes has not been signed as back-up to high-scoring front pair Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.

He said: "I can assure you Ashley is not here just to supplement the group and support the front two, but to make sure we have a real challenge up front."

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10:36am Fri 10 Jan 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Thanks for your sterling service Ashley and the very best to you for the future - except when Burnley play albion of course!
Thanks for your sterling service Ashley and the very best to you for the future - except when Burnley play albion of course! B rian Tawses left foot

10:38am Fri 10 Jan 14

SMF20 says...

The very best of luck Ash... I hope you have found what you were looking for.

Feels a little surreal.
The very best of luck Ash... I hope you have found what you were looking for. Feels a little surreal. SMF20

10:44am Fri 10 Jan 14

Saul G P Tong says...

Good luck Ash, sorry to see you go.
Good luck Ash, sorry to see you go. Saul G P Tong

10:46am Fri 10 Jan 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

I still held out hopes he might stay but he clearly wanted away and we must respect that. Burnley have got themselves a very good player and I wish him the very best for the future and my thanks for his time with us. But hey ho that's football. We move on to bigger and better times.UTA
I still held out hopes he might stay but he clearly wanted away and we must respect that. Burnley have got themselves a very good player and I wish him the very best for the future and my thanks for his time with us. But hey ho that's football. We move on to bigger and better times.UTA Joel'sGrandad

10:49am Fri 10 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

I'm slightly saddened by his departure, but buoyed by the contract extension of Rohan Ince. Good luck to Barnes though.
I'm slightly saddened by his departure, but buoyed by the contract extension of Rohan Ince. Good luck to Barnes though. Ex-pat Arnie

10:55am Fri 10 Jan 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

Good luck AB. You had your critics, but few would deny your work rate and commitment to our cause. Here's hoping you get regular games and continue in the same vein as in your Albion days. See you again in the playoffs???

UTA
Good luck AB. You had your critics, but few would deny your work rate and commitment to our cause. Here's hoping you get regular games and continue in the same vein as in your Albion days. See you again in the playoffs??? UTA Singing Seagull, Indonesia

10:57am Fri 10 Jan 14

brightonfan34 says...

good luck to him but not against us and i hope we have a really good replacement lined up and is worth it
good luck to him but not against us and i hope we have a really good replacement lined up and is worth it brightonfan34

10:59am Fri 10 Jan 14

Tonyuk175 says...

Seems a very strange move !!!

Inge and vokes scoring and winning so is Barnes just going to warm another bench????

Whatever I hope he does well

And now looking forward to seeing who will come to us
Seems a very strange move !!! Inge and vokes scoring and winning so is Barnes just going to warm another bench???? Whatever I hope he does well And now looking forward to seeing who will come to us Tonyuk175

11:03am Fri 10 Jan 14

Albion In Staffs says...

I"m not disappointed he's gone but I do wish him well. As said a while ago, I saw him at QPR in the goalless draw and he worked his socks off. From that perspective, he was always extremely impressive. But I never thought he was technically good enough to be the type of player we need for the long term.
Hopefully he leaves a gap to be filled by someone who is...
I"m not disappointed he's gone but I do wish him well. As said a while ago, I saw him at QPR in the goalless draw and he worked his socks off. From that perspective, he was always extremely impressive. But I never thought he was technically good enough to be the type of player we need for the long term. Hopefully he leaves a gap to be filled by someone who is... Albion In Staffs

11:03am Fri 10 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Tonyuk175 wrote:
Seems a very strange move !!!

Inge and vokes scoring and winning so is Barnes just going to warm another bench????

Whatever I hope he does well

And now looking forward to seeing who will come to us
Ings may well be off, but it's not as if Barnes spent his entire career as a striker anyway so he may play a support role at Turf Moor.
[quote][p][bold]Tonyuk175[/bold] wrote: Seems a very strange move !!! Inge and vokes scoring and winning so is Barnes just going to warm another bench???? Whatever I hope he does well And now looking forward to seeing who will come to us[/p][/quote]Ings may well be off, but it's not as if Barnes spent his entire career as a striker anyway so he may play a support role at Turf Moor. Ex-pat Arnie

11:38am Fri 10 Jan 14

AlanDuffy says...

It's a bit like when a politician leaves office.....everyone suddenly likes him. Some of the vitriol directed at Barnes from the terraces and on here over the last season or 2, particularly after his long ban for "tripping" the ref.....well, I'm not surprised he's gone. In my view it's no big loss - yes, he put in a shift, but his first touch was always poor, showed a lack of composure when he had good chances and spent too much time moaning at officials. Having said that Burnley have transformed Vokes since he's been there and may do the same for Ashley - I hope so and wish him well, but let's hope Obika is a more than able replacement.
It's a bit like when a politician leaves office.....everyone suddenly likes him. Some of the vitriol directed at Barnes from the terraces and on here over the last season or 2, particularly after his long ban for "tripping" the ref.....well, I'm not surprised he's gone. In my view it's no big loss - yes, he put in a shift, but his first touch was always poor, showed a lack of composure when he had good chances and spent too much time moaning at officials. Having said that Burnley have transformed Vokes since he's been there and may do the same for Ashley - I hope so and wish him well, but let's hope Obika is a more than able replacement. AlanDuffy

11:40am Fri 10 Jan 14

Cap'n Pugwash says...

Burnley have got themselves a player who always gives 100% to whatever role he is given. We are going to miss that part of his game. I suspect he will now start scoring after his unlucky season so-how many times has he hit the wodwork? He obviously wasn't happy with the contract he was offered in the summer so a move was inevitable. Credit to Ashley Barnes, he never let that intefere with doing hiscbest for The Albion. Good luck Ashley and thanks for doing your best while here.
Burnley have got themselves a player who always gives 100% to whatever role he is given. We are going to miss that part of his game. I suspect he will now start scoring after his unlucky season so-how many times has he hit the wodwork? He obviously wasn't happy with the contract he was offered in the summer so a move was inevitable. Credit to Ashley Barnes, he never let that intefere with doing hiscbest for The Albion. Good luck Ashley and thanks for doing your best while here. Cap'n Pugwash

11:50am Fri 10 Jan 14

Hector66 says...

yes many thanks to Ash for his tireless commitment. i'm one of those happy we've sold him but of course he is a model pro in terms of his workrate and commitment to his team. here's wishing him all the very best at burnley and beyond.
yes many thanks to Ash for his tireless commitment. i'm one of those happy we've sold him but of course he is a model pro in terms of his workrate and commitment to his team. here's wishing him all the very best at burnley and beyond. Hector66

11:52am Fri 10 Jan 14

thump3s says...

AlanDuffy you are spot on here, whilst he has got a great workrate, his attitude, until this season, has got the team into trouble too many times. Everyone forgets the two red cards in a row at a time when Mackail Smith and Hoskins were injured.

Whilst he seems to have improved on that front his first touch and, in my opinion, poor conversion of chances to goals indicate that he won't be a major loss to us.

I think £750k is a good return on someone that probably wasn't going to sign a new contract in the summer at any rate.
AlanDuffy you are spot on here, whilst he has got a great workrate, his attitude, until this season, has got the team into trouble too many times. Everyone forgets the two red cards in a row at a time when Mackail Smith and Hoskins were injured. Whilst he seems to have improved on that front his first touch and, in my opinion, poor conversion of chances to goals indicate that he won't be a major loss to us. I think £750k is a good return on someone that probably wasn't going to sign a new contract in the summer at any rate. thump3s

11:52am Fri 10 Jan 14

and another thing.... says...

I am disappointed; he has a great work ethic and that will not change, whatever his technical shortcomings.
Still.... sadly it was the right move for him - and maybe for us as well! We'll see..
I am disappointed; he has a great work ethic and that will not change, whatever his technical shortcomings. Still.... sadly it was the right move for him - and maybe for us as well! We'll see.. and another thing....

12:16pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Grendel says...

It's perhaps an indication of how far we've come that a player who helped us to promotion with 20 goals is now considered by some as "not good enough". I think he is good enough at this level and he'll prove it at Burnley. I wish him well.
It's perhaps an indication of how far we've come that a player who helped us to promotion with 20 goals is now considered by some as "not good enough". I think he is good enough at this level and he'll prove it at Burnley. I wish him well. Grendel

12:33pm Fri 10 Jan 14

rolivan says...

Grendel wrote:
It's perhaps an indication of how far we've come that a player who helped us to promotion with 20 goals is now considered by some as "not good enough". I think he is good enough at this level and he'll prove it at Burnley. I wish him well.
We do not want players that are "good at this level" but will be at least good at the next level . The squad has improved throughout every transfer window since the move to the Amex was announced.
[quote][p][bold]Grendel[/bold] wrote: It's perhaps an indication of how far we've come that a player who helped us to promotion with 20 goals is now considered by some as "not good enough". I think he is good enough at this level and he'll prove it at Burnley. I wish him well.[/p][/quote]We do not want players that are "good at this level" but will be at least good at the next level . The squad has improved throughout every transfer window since the move to the Amex was announced. rolivan

1:08pm Fri 10 Jan 14

bha3072011 says...

Always a little upset to see any player go but am a little bit more saddened when I remember his performances in league 1 and his then partnership with Murray. Brilliant money though and wish him the best!
Always a little upset to see any player go but am a little bit more saddened when I remember his performances in league 1 and his then partnership with Murray. Brilliant money though and wish him the best! bha3072011

1:18pm Fri 10 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Burnley, in terms of football, are in a good place right now, and if the right offer was to come in for Ings they would not want to be found flat footed. I am not saying that Barnes is a replacement for Ings but he could do a job for them whilst they found a replacement. A stupid money offer for Ings as the window approaches closure could change everything as there may not be time to replace him.
Burnley, in terms of football, are in a good place right now, and if the right offer was to come in for Ings they would not want to be found flat footed. I am not saying that Barnes is a replacement for Ings but he could do a job for them whilst they found a replacement. A stupid money offer for Ings as the window approaches closure could change everything as there may not be time to replace him. VegasSeagull

1:20pm Fri 10 Jan 14

lonegull says...

Good luck Ash. Seriously undervalued by many fans.
Why do so many expect us to have a team of premiership standard players?
That's not the way it works. You have a few with the majority being purchased when and if promotion is achieved.
Good luck Ash. Seriously undervalued by many fans. Why do so many expect us to have a team of premiership standard players? That's not the way it works. You have a few with the majority being purchased when and if promotion is achieved. lonegull

1:30pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Alfie T says...

AlanDuffy wrote:
It's a bit like when a politician leaves office.....everyone suddenly likes him. Some of the vitriol directed at Barnes from the terraces and on here over the last season or 2, particularly after his long ban for "tripping" the ref.....well, I'm not surprised he's gone. In my view it's no big loss - yes, he put in a shift, but his first touch was always poor, showed a lack of composure when he had good chances and spent too much time moaning at officials. Having said that Burnley have transformed Vokes since he's been there and may do the same for Ashley - I hope so and wish him well, but let's hope Obika is a more than able replacement.
Good post AD, Barnes always tried hard and not a bad player, however close to a million is a good bit of business for the club. I wish him well,as most fans do,can't help thinking that Leeds would have been a better option.
[quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: It's a bit like when a politician leaves office.....everyone suddenly likes him. Some of the vitriol directed at Barnes from the terraces and on here over the last season or 2, particularly after his long ban for "tripping" the ref.....well, I'm not surprised he's gone. In my view it's no big loss - yes, he put in a shift, but his first touch was always poor, showed a lack of composure when he had good chances and spent too much time moaning at officials. Having said that Burnley have transformed Vokes since he's been there and may do the same for Ashley - I hope so and wish him well, but let's hope Obika is a more than able replacement.[/p][/quote]Good post AD, Barnes always tried hard and not a bad player, however close to a million is a good bit of business for the club. I wish him well,as most fans do,can't help thinking that Leeds would have been a better option. Alfie T

4:14pm Fri 10 Jan 14

AGT999 says...

The LB to Sunderland has gone very quiet?
The LB to Sunderland has gone very quiet? AGT999

5:29pm Fri 10 Jan 14

tinker111 says...

SMF20 wrote:
The very best of luck Ash... I hope you have found what you were looking for.

Feels a little surreal.
Much better contract than Albion were offering so go for it ASH Just wish I could be there when we meet soon ,wish it was at Amex I WOULD BE THE ONE STANDING UP WITH BIG CHEER have always been a fan ( yes true one ) all the very best. guess the contract offered you at Albion was far short of your worth.
[quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: The very best of luck Ash... I hope you have found what you were looking for. Feels a little surreal.[/p][/quote]Much better contract than Albion were offering so go for it ASH Just wish I could be there when we meet soon ,wish it was at Amex I WOULD BE THE ONE STANDING UP WITH BIG CHEER have always been a fan ( yes true one ) all the very best. guess the contract offered you at Albion was far short of your worth. tinker111

5:31pm Fri 10 Jan 14

tinker111 says...

brightonfan34 wrote:
good luck to him but not against us and i hope we have a really good replacement lined up and is worth it
HA HA HA
[quote][p][bold]brightonfan34[/bold] wrote: good luck to him but not against us and i hope we have a really good replacement lined up and is worth it[/p][/quote]HA HA HA tinker111

5:32pm Fri 10 Jan 14

tinker111 says...

Tonyuk175 wrote:
Seems a very strange move !!!

Inge and vokes scoring and winning so is Barnes just going to warm another bench????

Whatever I hope he does well

And now looking forward to seeing who will come to us
HA HA HA
[quote][p][bold]Tonyuk175[/bold] wrote: Seems a very strange move !!! Inge and vokes scoring and winning so is Barnes just going to warm another bench???? Whatever I hope he does well And now looking forward to seeing who will come to us[/p][/quote]HA HA HA tinker111

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