Burnley boss Eddie Howe cautious over loan signings

Eddie Howe
Howe has been in charge of Burnley since January

Burnley manager Eddie Howe has said he will only consider signing a player on loan if they are ready to make an immediate impact.

The Clarets had just 16 fit senior players for Saturday's 1-1 draw with Championship leaders Southampton.

"You only want to bring in a loan player if they are going to go straight into your first team," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"If they think they're not going to play they don't want to come."

He added: "We also have to identify the right type of player.

"But a lot of the top clubs in England are keeping their squads intact because of the Europa League and Carling Cup."

One of Burnley's recent recruits, Marvin Bartley, was integral in denying Southampton all three points at the weekend.

Howe brought the 22-year-old to Turf Moor from his former club Bournemouth in January.

"His performances don't surprise me because I've seen it before, albeit at a lower level," said the Amersham-born boss.

"I just thought he was immense from kick-off on Saturday.

"We know his strengths, but it was just a fantastic game for him and it'll give him a load of confidence to know he can make the step up and perform at this level."