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Burnley transfer notebook – Luca Koleosho deal, Bobby Thomas future and Zian Flemming competition

Luca Koleosho.
Burnley have a agreed a deal with Espanyol for forward Luca Koleosho. 

Burnley’s first game back in the Premier League is drawing ever closer with the days ticking down to the action being back.

The Clarets host Manchester City on the opening day of the top-flight campaign and the clash will be the Premier League curtain-raiser. It follows Vincent Kompany leading the Turf Moor side back up from the Championship at the first time of asking.

Before then, the Clarets have a busy pre-season fixture schedule to prepare themselves for the upcoming campaign. They have won four out of four with the fixtures they have played so far, which have all been behind closed doors at the club’s Gawthorpe training ground.

Next up is a tour around Europe for the Clarets as they take on Belgian side Genk at the Cegeka Arena on Saturday, July 22. From there, Burnley head to Portugal for a second pre-season training camp.

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While there, they will take on Benfica at the Estadio do Restelo on Tuesday, July 25, before heading to Spain to play Real Betis at the Estadio Nuevo Colombino on Friday, July 28. The Clarets end pre-season in Germany when they play Mainz on Saturday, August 5.

Below, we round up all the latest news surrounding the Clarets.

Bobby Thomas closes in on Coventry City move

Coventry City have agreed a fee of £2m with Burnley for the transfer of defender Bobby Thomas.

That’s according to Sky Sports News, as the Sky Blues aim to go one step better than last season where they were defeated play-off finalists and reach the Premier League. Mark Robins’ side are in need of defensive reinforcements and Thomas would fill that berth.

Last season, Coventry took Luke McNally on loan from the Clarets for the second half of the campaign. It was a successful period, with McNally playing regularly for the Sky Blues and sparking questions of a potential return this summer.

That could still yet happen, even if Thomas moves. The Clarets have been credited with an interest in Coventry midfielder Gustavo Hamer and there is the potential that McNally could be offered as part of that deal to reduce the amount that the Clarets would have to stump up, with Coventry said to value Hamer at £15m.

Italian striker move closer

Luca Koleosho could well be on the move to Turf Moor after Spanish side Espanyol agreed a deal worth £2.6m with Burnley for the Italy under-19 forward.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the move is expected after the fee was agreed. Should the move get over the line, the 18-year-old will become the second forward signed by the Clarets this summer.

Zeki Amdouni became the first of those earlier this week when he joined on a five-year deal from FC Basel. Michael Obafemi’s loan deal from Swansea City has also been made permanent, though he is set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury on Republic of Ireland duty.

Flemming competition

Burnley are interested in signing Millwall forward Zian Flemming and have had four bids turned down for the hotshot so far.

The Dutchman is a target for the Clarets after his 15-goal first season with the Lions. However, it appears Burnley are not the only side interested in his services.

According to Dutch publication De Telegraaf, both Spanish side Sevilla and Italian outfit Lazio have set their sights on Flemming too. Millwall paid £1.7m for Flemming last summer and it looks like they are in line for a healthy profit if and when the forward moves on to pastures new

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