Clarets In Talks With Swansea City Over defender

Jimmy Dunne Set For Swansea City Talks

Swansea City have opened talks with the Clarets to sign defender Jimmy Dunne, who is out of contract at the end of the month. Preston North End have also been linked with Dunne but an industry source has told Football Insider that Swansea City are hoping to steal a march on their Sky Bet Championship rivals by starting negotiations.

Preston North End were interested in Dunne back to January, when they looked to sign the Clarets defender as emergency cover after Patrick Bauer’s injury. However, they signed Sepp van den Berg and Liam Lindsay instead on loan from Liverpool and Stoke City, both players have returned to Deepdale this summer with Lindsay signing a permanent deal while Van Den Berg will spend next season on loan.

Swansea City are in the market for another defender with Marc Guehi’s future up in the air. The Chelsea man spent the last eighteen months on loan at the Liberty Stadium and was a standout performer as they reached the play-off final last season. However, he told the club’s website in the wake of the defeat to Brentford at Wembley he was unsure what the future held for him.

Jimmy Dunne would offer Steve Cooper a good option with Premier League experience. The Englishman has played three times in the top flight and has a goal under his belt. But he has failed to disrupt Sean Dyche’s preferred pairing of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski and he will now seek regular game time. He has instead enjoyed loan spells with Barrow, Accrington Stanley, Hearts, Sunderland and Fleetwood Town, Dunne now has 89 football league appearances to his name.

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