Newcastle United have announced the signing of Brighton defender Dan Burn.
The 29-year-old has agreed an initial two-and-a-half-year deal at St James’ Park, becoming our fifth signing of the January transfer window after Kieran Tripper, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes and Matt Targett.
Burn – a 6ft 7′ giant – is able to play at centre-back or at left-back and has been in superb form for Brighton this season, leaving many on the South Coast sad to see him go.
Born in Blyth, Burn is also a boyhood Newcastle fans who was actually on the club’s books as a kid before he was released at the age of 11.
Here’s official confirmation via a brilliant announcement video, followed by what he and Eddie Howe told NUFC.co.uk after the move was made official just moments ago:
“I’m buzzing to be here. I never thought I’d be in this position so to be a Newcastle player and to be around St. James’ Park, it’s something I’ve dreamt of since I was a kid.
“I can’t wait to step out in the shirt and to see what it feels like.
“From sitting in the East Stand as a kid to now, it’s crazy. I’m excited to get started.”
“I’m delighted to bring Dan back to the North East.
“He knows exactly what it means to represent this club and he will be a big presence for us on and off the pitch.
“We have been very keen to add competition defensively and Dan fits the profile we have been looking for.
“He is naturally left-footed, which provides further balance to our backline, and he will be a great addition to the group.”
This may feel like an underwhelming signing after we tried and failed to sign Botman or Carlos, however Burn will offer experience, height, hard work, versatility and a surprise turn of pace for a player of his size!
Welcome back, Dan!