Some ‘breaking news’ has emerged from Sky Sports in the last few moments, revealing that Newcastle United have agreed a fee to sign Brighton’s Dan Burn.
Keith Downie reports that the club will pay £13m for the giant defender, handing Eddie Howe a late breakthrough in our never-ending search for a new centre-back this month.
The North-East correspondent also confirms that Burn is travelling up to Tyneside as we speak ahead of his medical at the club.
The 6ft 7′ Geordie was born in Blyth and is a boyhood Newcastle United fan, with him on our books as a kid before he was released as an 11-year-old way back in 2004.
It’s not the big name arrival some were hoping for, with us trying and failing to sign the likes of Sven Botman or Diego Carlos, but Burn adds Premier League experience, height, versatility and a left-footed option who is surprisingly quick for a player of his size.
As for the £13m fee, Brighton have done pretty well considering he’s 29 and out of contract next summer, however it’s good to see us finally get this one agreed after £8m and £10m bids were rejected over the past 48 hours.
Here’s confirmation from Keith Downie just a few moments ago, with this deal set to take our January spending to £90m: