Daniel Ballard, a defender for Arsenal, is nearing a £2 million transfer to Burnley.
With James Tarkowski and captain Ben Mee expected to leave on free agents after their relegation from the Premier League, new manager Vincent Kompany is in desperate need of defensive reinforcements.
But now that The Gunners have accepted their bid, Ballard is prepared to talk about personal terms with The Clarets before getting a physical.
The 22-year-old is said to have been persuaded to join Kompany at Turf Moor because of his legacy at Manchester City.
For Mikel Arteta’s team, Ballard has yet to make a competitive first-team appearance.
However, the club has inserted a clause that enables them to counter any upcoming offers.
The center back spent time at Blackpool before joining Millwall on loan, where he made 33 appearances for the Lions across all competitions.
The center-back was not required to be purchased by Gary Rowett’s team, but they were eager to bring him back to the team.
He has 15 caps for Northern Ireland and scored against Kosovo earlier this month in the Nations League.
Ballard will depart the Emirates along with another young person recently.
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Tyreece John-Jules has signed a season-long loan with Ipswich Town.
And Kieran McKenna, the current head coach at Portman Road and a former Manchester United coach, is thrilled to have the youngster on board.
There is much about Tyreece’s game to admire, he said.
“I’ve known and followed him throughout his Arsenal youth career and while he was playing for England.
He is a very talented and adaptable forward who can play a variety of positions.
He can play with both feet and has a very high technical level.
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