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Saturday, 16 March, 2002, 12:59 GMT
Gascoigne joins Burnley
Everton's Paul Gascoigne is on his way to Turf Moor
Gascoigne is on his way to Turf Moor
Everton midfielder Paul Gascoigne has joined First Division promotion chasers Burnley until the end of the season.

Gascoigne's move was not completed in time for him to play against Preston on Sunday, but he will be paraded on the pitch before the game.

The former England midfielder could make his Clarets debut against Bradford City on Tuesday.

We have taken over his contract at Everton for the rest of the season, similar to the Ian Wright signing a few years ago
Burnley chairman Barry Kilby

Burnley will be hoping Gascoigne's signing will provide a timely boost to their faltering play-off campaign.

Clarets' boss Stan Ternent signed Gascoigne's former England colleague Ian Wright on a short-term deal two years ago and the former Arsenal hitman fired Burnley to Second Division promotion.

Ternent made an attempt to take Gascoigne on loan earlier in the month but was knocked back by former Everton boss Walter Smith who insisted he was still part of Everton's plans this season.

But when Smith was axed as Goodison Park boss, Ternent renewed his interest.

Gascoigne spoke to new Everton manager David Moyes about his future.

But Moyes was unable to persuade Gascoigne to stay.

We will take it to the end of the season and then see what options are open for both of parties
Barry Kilby

Gascoigne was out of contract in the summer and was believed to be unhappy with Smith's sacking.

Moyes said: "He was upset with a few things not to do with Everton and maybe he felt it was right to play his football elsewhere."

Burnley chairman Barry Kilby said: "Basically, he wants to come here and we want him here.

"We have taken over his contract at Everton for the rest of the season, similar to the Ian Wright signing a few years ago.

"We will take it to the end of the season and then see what options are open for both of parties."

David Moyes became Everton boss on Thursday.
Moyes wants to bring stability to the club

Kilby told Burnley's official website: "It is a final push to help us get in the play-offs and then to win them.

"We tried to sign him before Walter Smith had left. When he had gone, Paul decided he wanted to come and play his football at Burnley and the fact that Walter left Everton helped us.

"Paul had a loyalty to Walter, which perhaps held it up before."

David Ginola's future with Everton also looks in doubt despite only having been at Goodison for five weeks.

Moyes admitted he tried to sign Ginola while in charge at Preston but suggested the Frenchman does not have what it takes for a Premiership relegation battle.

"I made an inquiry earlier in the season but there's a marked difference in the levels of football played," said Moyes.

Everton fans' liaison officer Graeme Sharp
"Paul has played his last game for Everton"
Paul Gascoigne
"I was aware of Burnley's interest"
See also:

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14 Mar 02 |  Sports Talk
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