Mike Rigg – technical director for Premier League side Burnley – has suggested that defender Jimmy Dunne could potentially be sold to loan club Sunderland on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

Burnley technical director Mike Rigg has hinted that defender Jimmy Dunne could make a permanent move to loan club Sunderland at the end of the season.

Dunne joined Sunderland on loan for the second half of the 2018/19 League One during the January transfer window and has impressed in his short time with the club.

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So far, Dunne has made 10 appearances in both the league and EFL Trophy so far this season and will be hoping he can end his stint at Sunderland with some silverware, as they challenge for promotion from League One and look to beat Portsmouth to the EFL Trophy.

But, Burnley technical director Rigg has suggested that Dunne’s Sunderland career might not come to an end, saying to the Lancashire Telegraph that he could be sold this summer.

“We want to be one of the best Academies in the country, but we can’t spend what Manchester City spend, so we’ve got to do what’s right for us. If we get a Dwight McNeil in the team, or a Jimmy Dunne is (potentially) sold to Sunderland, that’s achieved the objective.”

Since joining Burnley from the Manchester United academy in 2016, Dunne has played for four clubs on loan. He started senior football on loan with National League outfit Barrow, before spending the second half of the 2017/18 season in League Two with Accrington Stanley. He spent the first half of the current season on loan in Scotland with Hearts before joining Sunderland in January.

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