Burnley’s summer preparations look to be well underway now, after the club appointed Vincent Kompany as manager.
The former Manchester City favourite arrives and what to expect from him and his Burnley team in the Championship next season is anyone’s guess.
But already it looks like the Belgian is closing in on his first signing as Clarets boss with Taylor Harwood-Bellis being tipped to sign on loan.
The Manchester City youngster was backed to join Burnley on loan even before Kompany was appointed, and now reports are saying that the defender is in advanced talks to join.
Another defender linked with Burnley is Blackpool’s Jordan Gabriel.
Alan Nixon revealed on his Patreon account earlier this month that the left-back is a target of Burnley’s this summer, though nothing new has been reported on the links since.
And the Clarets are also being linked with Oxford United’s young centre-half Luke McNally, with Nixon again saying that Burnley are keen on the 23-year-old.
Last time round McNally featured 30 times in League One as Oxford United narrowly missed out on a play-off finish.
The youngster garnered praise from across the Football league and Oxford United manager Karl Robinson had this to say on McNally after his side’s 1-1 draw v Ipswich Town back in March:
“I’d actually just said to my assistant, Craig Short, that if we stand here for the next three days, I don’t think we’re going to score – and then the big man – the colossus – heads it in.
“I grew up with my dad telling me how big and how strong Ron Yeats was, and I grew up thinking how big and how much of a physical presence centre-halves should have.
“And Luke’s got that physical presence.”
Elsewhere, Kompany is being tipped to raid the Belgian leagues for new signings this summer.
Lastly, and perhaps the most exciting Burnley transfer rumour right now is that the Clarets have tabled a £4million bid for MK Dons talisman Scott Twine.
Dons boss Liam Manning says that the club is yet to receive an offer for Twine that matches their valuation, and so Burnley may need to return with an improved offer if they’re going to sign Twine this summer.
There’s plenty to be excited about for Burnley fans despite their relegation last season. Kompany is an exciting appointment, albeit it a risky one, but the Belgian will no doubt attract some big names to the club this summer.