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Brian Laws aims to keep David Nugent

Having taking charge of Burnley on Wednesday, one of Brian Laws' immediate priorities is to keep David Nugent out of the clutches of Owen Coyle, the man he replaced at Turf Moor.

• Laws lands Burnley job
• Coyle targets Nugent deal

Coyle, who ended his successful spell at Burnley to join Bolton, has targeted Nugent as he looks to leave his mark on the Trotters squad he inherited from Gary Megson.

It was Coyle who signed Nugent on loan from Portsmouth in the summer and the striker has scored three goals in 15 Premier League appearances for the Clarets.

With Coyle believed to be interested once more, Laws is determined to extend the duration of Nugent's stay at Turf Moor.

"David is a terrific player who I once tried to nick from Bury when I was at Scunthorpe," Laws told the club's official website. "But I've watched his career and now he's an established striker, a good one, and we want to keep him here.

"David is a quality player and when you look for a striker who has a goalscoring record in the Premier League, and they're available, they're hard to come by.

"When you've found one, keep him, and it's important we do, so we'll certainly be working very hard with Portsmouth and David and hopefully talk him into staying."

Laws took charge on Wednesday and has been joined at Burnley by his former assistant at Sheffield Wednesday, Russ Wilcox. Captain Graham Alexander has also become a player-coach but Plymouth assistant John Carver will not be joining the backroom staff at Turf Moor.

Carver told Radio Five Live: "The club's board has a five-year plan and I want to be part of that. I felt I had to be loyal to Paul for giving me this opportunity. In the short-term we have a lot of hard work to keep Plymouth in the Championship."

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