Tottenham Hotspur are close to sealing a deal for Burnley defender Kieran Trippier, in a move that could set Spurs back £3.5 million.
The London club are in talks with Burnley to secure the services of the right-back following the Clarets' relegation to the Championship after one season in the Premier League.
Trippier, who was an ever present feature in the Burnley defence last season, has attracted the attention of a number of Premier League clubs, but spurs are confident of pipping their rivals to the post within the next 72 hours as talks have reached an advanced stage reports the Daily Mail.
BOLSTERING THE DEFENCE
Mauricio Potchettino clearly intends to beef up his team's defence during this transfer window as the signing of Trippier would be their second acquisition of the summer, having already signed centre-back Kevin Wimmer.
The 22-year-old Wimmer was signed from Bundesliga side Cologne last month and along with Trippier provides further competition for places amongst the Spurs defence.
The current preferred right-back of choice, Kyle Walker, is unlikely to make way for Trippier initially, however the two will undoubtedly both be given a platform from which to display their talents, as has been the case with left-back pairing, Danny Rose and Ben Davies.
Often deployed in the Europa League, Davies has found Premier League opportunities hard to come by, however as demonstrated by Harry Kane, a successful showing in the Europa League can quickly propel oneself him into the Spurs starting XI. A point that could provide Trippier with optimism ahead of his expected move.
BLOW FOR BURNLEY
A bid of £3.5 million would almost certainly guarantee the defender's exit from Burnley as it would trigger a release clause in his contract enabling the 24-year-old to speak to the prospective club. This would deal a significant blow to the Lancashire based outfit who have already lost their prize asset, Danny Ings, to Liverpool earlier this month.
Signed on a free-transfer when Ings opted to run down his contract, Burnley gained little money in compensation from a player who otherwise would have been of high value as a home-grown youngster.
Although the sale of Trippier will help to fund next season's push for promotion, were it not for the release clause written into his contract, Burnley could once again hope to receive more then what they are likely to presented with.
In a further blow to the club, Burnley are preparing for the loss of fellow defender Jason Shackell to Derby County, after their championship rivals identified the centre-half as a potential target this summer.