Clarets Chasing Former Loanee Centre-Back

Shane Duffy Linked to Turf Moor Return

Burnley Football Club are said to be one of four clubs interested in signing Brighton Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy, who spent one month on loan with the Clarets from Everton back in 2011. According to the Daily Mail newspaper the Clarets are in a four-way battle with West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion and Celtic, with the Scottish club in pole position to negotiate a deal for the defender after Neil Lennon held talks with Duffy last week over a potential season-long loan.

Duffy, who made nineteen appearances for Brighton in the Premier League last season looks to have slipped down the order behind Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster, Joel Veltmanas and Ben white in Graham Potter’s centre back preference, the Seagulls are prepared to let the Republic of Ireland international leave.

Glasgow Celtic have attempted to bring him in on the cheap which has apparently been blocked by Brighton Hove Albion who are refusing to let Duffy leave on loan without his full wages being covered. West Brom are willing to pay a transfer fee for his services, while Burnley are believed to be monitoring to see if the right deal becomes available.

Centre-back is a position that needs addressing in this window but with James Tarkowski and Ben Mee the undisputed first choice pairing and Kevin Long able to provide cover, it is not a top priority. The Clarets are currently trying to offload defender Ben Gibson to either Norwich City and Middlesbrough. The Norfolk team seems the likelier destination, with the Canaries boosted by parachute payments and Burnley are aiming to recoup at least some of the money they spent on Gibson in 2018.

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