Newcastle United are reported to be interested in a summer move for Scott Arfield.
The 28 year old left-footed midfielder will only have a year left on his contract when this season ends and so far there has been no agreement reached between Burnley and the first teamer.
Scott Arfield has been a constant in the Burnley first team since arriving from Huddersfield in 2013, the midfielder featuring in all but five of Burnley’s 159 league matches since then.
Born in Scotland and starting off at Falkirk, he has played international football for Canada, with his father having been born there.
It might of course be just simply the media picking out players whose contracts are coming to an end, or having just one season remaining (as is the case with The Sun in this Scott Arfield to Newcastle link), but you do wonder just what type/level of player Newcastle would be able to attract if promoted.
Scott Arfield has fitted the Burnley model perfectly, of putting together a team capable of getting into the Premier League, then not panicking if/when relegated.
The midfielder scored eight goals in each of the Burnley promotions in 2013/14 and 2015/16.
However, maybe he fits the profile perfectly of players who are maybe better than Championship level but not quite Premier League, as he scored only two goals in Burnley’s 2014/15 PL season and has managed only one so far this campaign.
There again, with Burnley having better players elsewhere in the team now, maybe it means somebody like Scott Arfield can still be worth a place. Sean Dyche’s team have already got 32 points on the board, eight clear of trouble, and look good things to stay in the Premier League on the back of their brilliant home record.
Newcastle would definitely need to strengthen and now we can add Scott Arfield to the growing list of possibles/rumours if we actually reach the top tier.