Brighton and Hove Albion have rejected an offer for centre-back Dan Burn as Newcastle United transfer frustrations grow, according to Andy Naylor of The Athletic. The Magpies have already failed in many of their transfer pursuits so far this January transfer window, and unless they up their bid for Burn this will be another to add onto the pile.
Newcastle United Transfer Frustrations Continue
Bid Rejected for Burn While Other Pursuits Have Been Equally Fruitless
Having been given massive financial backing this month after a Saudi takeover last calendar year, Newcastle went into January expecting great things. However, with just a few days remaining until the window slams shut, Eddie Howe’s side have thus far only completed two transfers.
The activity was started when Kieran Trippier was signed at St James’ Park, becoming the first addition under the new regime. He was fairly swiftly followed by Chris Wood, whose release clause at relegation rivals Burnley was activated. The pair will most likely link up well during their time on Tyneside, with Trippier’s crossing ability a mouth-watering prospect for Wood.
However, since these two smart signings were finalised, the well has severely dried up for Newcastle, and their frustration has grown as a result.
The Magpies are currently prioritising the addition of a centre-back, with their defence having been extremely leaky this season. Despite this, their many attempts to sign one this month have all resulted in failure. Sven Botman of Lille was their first target, but the French Champions were clear on their position: they were not selling in January. As a result, Newcastle looked elsewhere and settled on Sevilla’s Diego Carlos. However, with the Spanish side looking to up the pressure on Real Madrid, who currently top La Liga just four points above Carlos’ team in second, they have decided not to sell the Brazilian central defender.
Newcastle have yet again had to look for a new centre-back to bring in, and seemingly landed on 6’6″ Dan Burn of Brighton. He has been a regular for the Seagulls this season, and with no real need to sell him, Graham Potter’s side have rejected the Magpies’ initial offer. This is not to say the transfer will not go through, but the side who currently sit 18th in the Premier League table may well once again have to move on.