Footy Extras

Official: Jon Flanagan agrees season-long loan move with Burnley

Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan has joined newly promoted Premier League side Burnley, signing on a season-long loan deal.

The Reds accepted Burnley’s offer earlier in July, with Flanagan considering his options before opting to make the switch to the Turf Moor Stadium.

Despite his successful recovery from a knee injury that saw him miss 619 days of action, it was deemed that Flanagan would benefit from regular first-team football under Sean Dyche.

Flanagan would have been behind Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno at right- and left-back respectively.

Jurgen Klopp is believed to have faith in Flanagan’s ability, however, with a long-term role still likely under the German on Merseyside.

Burnley currently have Ben Mee, Stephen Ward, Danny Lafferty, Matthew Lowton and Tendayi Darikwa as full-back options, but Flanagan should come in to play a key role.

This will likely see him regularly deployed at right-back, with Mee established as one of Dyche’s most important players.

It remains to be seen whether Klopp moves to sign cover for Flanagan for 2016/17, with Brad Smith also leaving Anfield this summer to join Bournemouth in a deal worth £6 million.

This leaves Klopp with Clyne, Moreno, Connor Randall, Andre Wisdom and Joe Gomez as senior full-back options.

Randall has been subject of loan interest this summer, however, while Wisdom is expected to leave and Gomez is recovering from an Achilles injury.

Flanagan’s departure could prove positive for Trent Alexander-Arnold, however, with the youngster joining Klopp’s squad for Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the US.

Able to play both at right-back and in midfield, Alexander-Arnold may be earmarked for a role in the first team this season.

Sunderland targeting hitman Andre Gray, Burnley want almost £30m

According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland are eyeing up a move for Burnley striker Andre Gray – but the Clarets want almost £30m for their star man.

Gray, 25, joined Burnley in a big-money deal last summer having hit 20 goals in 52 games for Brentford, and certainly lived up to expectations last season.

Gray smashed 23 goals to fire Burnley to promotion, establishing himself as one of the top English strikers around having starred with his combination of pace, power and deadly finishing.

Gray has been tipped to have a big season for Burnley this term, but it seems that one of the Clarets’ Premier League rivals are keen to lure him away from Turf Moor.

The Daily Mail report that Sunderland are keen to sign Gray, with new manager David Moyes believed to be a huge fan of the striker.

However, the same report claims that Burnley aren’t keen to sell Gray, and may ask for up to £30m for his signature, given that Brentford have 20% sell-on clause in the deal.

Everton and Tottenham are also believed to have looked at Gray, but Burnley manager Sean Dyche doesn’t want to lose his key man before the season starts.

New Sunderland boss Moyes may receive funds to spend, but it’s hard to see him being given £30m to splash on Gray, who has yet to play in the Premier League.

Expect to see Sunderland sign a striker before this month’s transfer deadline, given that Jermain Defoe has little support around him, but a move to sign Gray would be a huge surprise given that asking price.