Newcastle United

Newcastle keen to keep defender despite Premier League interest

The Newcastle Evening Chronicle reports that Premier League new boys Burnley are interested in signing Newcastle United left back Paul Dummett. However it is understood that Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is keen to keep the 24-year-old defender at St James’ Park.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has been frantically trying to bolster his squad this summer after winning the Championship title last season. They have found it increasingly difficult to get new faces through the door, and also lost Joey Barton to Rangers as well. It is believed that other top flight clubs are also monitoring Dummett’s situation with interest.

He has played over 60 times for his hometown club. He has two Wales senior squad caps, qualifying for them through his grandfather. He made his debut for the club in January 2013 away to Brighton & Hove Albion in an FA Cup Third Round tie. He has had loan spells with St Mirren and Gateshead as well, but is now the first choice left back at the club. Ciaran Clark has signed from Aston Villa and it is widely reported that Everton defender Brendan Galloway is to sign on loan. However Spaniard Benitez wants Galloway to challenge Dummett for that position, not necessarily replace him.

Newcastle make their first competitive appearance at St James’ Park since relegation this weekend when they welcome Huddersfield Town in round two fixtures of the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship.

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