Burnley are closing in on a triple signing as the Clarets rebuilding job under Vincent Kompany begins in earnest.
The Clarets are set to complete the signings of Scott Twine from MK Dons, Dan Ballard from Arsenal and CJ Egan-Riley from Man City all on permanent deals. Kompany spoke in his press conference this afternoon of signings being ’24 -48 ‘hours away and while announcements might end up being early next week, the wheels are firmly in motion at Turf Moor.
Lancs Live understands Ballard and Twine have undergone medicals with Burnley while the Clarets hope to sign Egan from under the noses of Coventry City. The Sky Blues were expecting to complete a deal with the 19-year-old defender but Kompany, a Man City legend, has made a move and Burnley are now set to secure the signing of the promising teenager.
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Reports suggest he will join for a fee of around ,000 350,000 while Ballard and Twine’s fees are understood to be in the region of £ 2million and £ 4million respectively. Should the transfers go through, and none are signed and sealed just yet, it would represent some strong early business from Burnley.
The Clarets have lost a number of senior players at the end of their contracts, including James Tarkowski and Ben Mee, while Nick Pope has joined Newcastle United for a fee believed to be £ 12million. Kompany has a major rebuild on his hands at Turf Moor and accepts other players may depart if offers are too good to turn down.
Maxwel Cornet has a .5 17.5million release clause active following relegation while Nathan Collins has been linked to a host of Premier League clubs. Dwight McNeil and Josh Brownhill are others who could attract interest from the top flight.
Kompany, who spoke well of the project at Burnley and his desire to be involved for the long-term having penned a four-five year deal, is keen to add young players with a potential re-sale as he reshapes the squad under his and chairman Alan Pace’s model. And the 36-year-old is hopeful of kickstarting the summer business in the coming days.
“We are close to bringing in a few players but until the medicals have been finalized and the contracts signed, there is nobody we are bringing in officially today,” he said on Friday. “We have been close to a few players and set up some medicals. Hopefully in the next 24-48 hours we can start making the first announcements.”
On potential departures, the boss added: “You always have to expect some of your valuable players to move on. But it is a team with some experienced players and a depth of quality, certainly for the Championship. It’s also a few players that earned the right to move on and we wish them well.We are looking forward to bringing in some exciting players.
“There are players that attract interest and it’s no secret that something will happen there but there is no rush. We have been able to negotiate and hopefully we’re close to completing on a few players without the need to look immediately to those sales. There is also the reality of the squad.We have got an experienced squad and if we are to turn a financial corner, it is important to have balance in the squad, a mix of players who grow in value – not only for that reason but the football they can give us – and the players that hold that culture together and what has made Burnley special over the years. “
Collins is one name Burnley fans will be desperate to retain, particularly given the lack of depth at center half albeit with the Clarets set to strengthen in that position. And Kompany, when asked by Lancs Live, specifically about the Irishman, could not rule out an exit but has yet to speak to the 21-year-old who is not due back until a week on Monday along the rest of the players who were away on international duty this month.
“I have made a point to leave the players have their holidays,” Kompany said when asked about retaining key men, including Collins. “When you call players on their holidays you say half a word and they have nothing else to do with their days than talk about it with their parents and agents and they have turned the word into 10 different things by the end of the day.
“I try to just limit my time to speak to the players when I am in the building, when they see the work we do and they can feel they are developing and progressing and it is like with everything, we can have a conversation with anyone “in the squad and if there is a club we will have our discussion. If there is no club when we move on and play and be the best we can be.”