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Premier League side to offer swap deal for Nottingham Forest striker

Premier League side Burnley are set to offer Nottingham Forest a swap deal for star striker Britt Assombalonga, according to Sunday’s print edition of The Sun.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is currently on the hunt for a striker with rumours linking Andre Gray with a move away from the club this summer.  He seems to have identified Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga as his first choice, with the Clarets having a £8 million bid turned down last week.  It is understood that it will take a bid of £15 million to secure his services.

However, it looks like Burnley are set to return with a swap bid for Assombalonga instead of raising their bid.  Dyche is set to offer £8 million again plus £2 million-rated right-back Tendayi Darikwa in an effort to convince Forest to let go of their top-scorer this summer.

Darikwa, 25, is primarily a right-back but can also play as a winger if required.  He signed for Burnley back in July 2015 after having made 150 appearances for Chesterfield in League One and League Two.  Competing for the right-back spot, Darikwa made 24 appearances in all competitions in 2015-16 as Burnley won promotion to the Premier League.

However, last season, the defender was hardly in Dyche’s first-team plans and failed to make a single Premier League appearance.  He played only five games for the first team all season, all of them in cup competitions.

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With Dyche set to bid £8 million plus Darikwa, the overall value of the transfer will be around £10 million.  This is still £5 million below what Nottingham Forest are demanding for Assombalonga, so there is no guarantee that Burnley’s bid will be accepted.

However, Forest would have a new player plus enough money to sign a replacement striker, so Burnley’s newest offer may tempt them into selling.

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