Newcastle reportedly made progress on two deals on Wednesday while suffering setbacks on two others. The news on Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes and Bayer Leverkusen’s Mitchel Bakker is positive with agreements closed to be reached.
However, the move for Jesse Lingard is fraught with doubt after it was revealed that Manchester United want a £12m survival bonus included in the five-month loan. Newcastle have rightfully balked at the extortionary clause.
Newcastle also saw a bid of £8m turned down for Dan Burn by Brighton. The 29-year-old has just 18-months left on his contract and Newcastle’s offer is almost triple what The Seagulls paid for him in 2018.
As one would have expected from a local lad, Burn is desperate for this move to happen. According to Football Insider, the Blyth-born defender has alerted Brighton of his desire to move back to the north-east.
Burn was on Newcastle’s books until being released at age 11. He joined a few local academies before latching on with Darlington on a professional contract in 2009. He moved to London with Fulham 2 years later where he spent the next five years.
After being released by The Cottagers, the 6’7″ defender signed for Wigan before being snapped up by Brighton in 2018 for around £2.7m. He since been a regular for Brighton in their push to become an established Premier League club.
Newcastle remain interested in bringing Burn back to Tyneside. According to this latest report, they are preparing an improved offer and hope to reach an agreement to add Burn to the ranks by Monday.