The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder has confirmed that highly-rated Burnley winger Dwight McNeil is a transfer target for Newcastle United.
McNeil – who is said to be valued at £35m – has cemented himself into Burnley’s first team over the past 18-month, but it is thought they may be forced to sell their star asset due to the financial implications caused by the Coronavirus.
As a result, it’s claimed we have been ‘alerted’ by his availability at a potential reduced fee, with him under the same management team as several NUFC stars.
Burnley chairman Mike Garlick has spoken of the effect COVID-19 could have on the club, with a £50million hole being left to fill if the season was to be voided. Garlick said:
“The fact of the matter is, if we don’t finish the season and there isn’t a clear start date for next season, we, as a club, will run out of money by August. That is a fact.
“I can’t speak for other clubs, I don’t know their financial positions.”
There is a pro and a con regarding our interest in this player. On the plus side, McNeil has the same management team as current crop Jamaal Lascelles, Dwight Gayle, Paul Dummett and Karl Darlow. We’ve made deals with his agency before, so there’s no reason to suggest we couldn’t do the same again.
However, a major stumbling block is that our recruitment set-up are currently placed on furlough leave, meaning any transfer activity is unlikely to happen, leaving other clubs the opportunity to gain a head-start on us in the next window.