Newcastle defender Paul Dummett is a target for Premier League club Burnley according to media reports today.
The Mail claim that their information is that the left-back (sometimes central defender) is in line to be brought in by Sean Dyche to add to his defensive strength, after stepping up again to the top level.
Hard to tell whether this is confirmation that there is genuine interest from Burnley, or whether a rehashing of the earlier claims by the Chronicle that a potential deal was likely.
The imminent arrival of Everton’s Brendan Galloway on loan would appear to ensure that Dummett’s ownership of the Newcastle left-back spot in the Championship will be brief, whether or not he stays.
The position has been an ongoing running sore for Newcastle fans as the opposition have regularly targeted that side, with neither Haidara or Paul Dummett ever really convincing.
Dummett clearly gives it all but gives next to nothing going forward and gets regularly done for pace at the other end, whether Burnley see something extra in the Geordie defender that we don’t, remains to be seen.
It could be a crossroads for the defender as he turns 25 next month and can hardly be termed promising young player any longer.
As for Burnley, it is very interesting to see their approach to promotion/relegation.
In 2014/15 when they arrived in the Premier League, the Lancashire club only splashed out around £10m on new players, despite getting the added riches via the PL TV deal.
On relegation, they invested more than twice that in attempting to make sure they bounced back straight away, a plan that worked a treat as they came up as champions.
However, they very much appear to be repeating their cautious approach to being back in the bright lights again, only Hull City have spent less (zero!) than Burnley’s £3m expenditure on a couple of Charlton players and a loan deal for Liverpool’s Jon Flanagan.
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Whatever the case with Dummett, it looks as though Newcastle fans are set to see a fair bit of further transfer movement in and out before the transfer window slams shut.