By Tom Blackburn
Premier League new boys Burnley want to sign Newcastle left-back Paul Dummett, according to a report.
In May, the Newcastle Chronicle claimed that West Brom had made enquiries about Dummett and that Stoke and Crystal Palace were keeping close tabs.
The Chronicle now claims that sources in Lancashire have informed them that the Championship winners want to sign Dummett to bolster their defence.
The 24-year-old was Newcastle’s regular left-back during the majority of last season, playing 90 minutes in each of their last six Premier League games as they narrowly missed out on safety during a late revival led by Rafael Benitez.
“We’ve had problems,” Rafa Benitez said last season, according to the Chronicle. “We have been playing games without a left-footed full-back.
“Now we have Dummett, the defence is more compact and balanced.
“We have a right-footer in the right place and a left-footer on the other side.
“Then the centre-backs feel more balanced.”
Newcastle lost the first game of the new season 1-0 to Fulham last Friday, as they bid to return to the Premier League on the first time of asking.
Dummett started at left-back, though the club are closing in on signing Brendan Galloway from Everton and the 19-year-old could be installed as the first choice left-back.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Benitez is preparing to offload six senior players at the club, and four of the axed players will be attackers.