Burnley are hoping to sign teenage goalkeeper Felix Goddard, who became a free agent this summer after ending his time with Manchester City.
Football Insider reported that the Clarets are keen on the 16-year-old to bolster the goalkeeping options in their academy ranks, with the youngster free to sign for the club of his choosing after his schoolboy terms with the Manchester club ended recently.
However, as per Football Insider, Burnley face strong competition for the ‘keeper, with Fulham, Bayern Munich and Hamburg also targeting him.
As reported by Football Insider, Goddard is open to offers and his status as a free agent should make him relatively easy to sign for prospective suitors. The Germany-born teenager joined Manchester City’s academy as a 13-year-old and had been progressing through their academy ranks until his schoolboy terms ended over the summer.
Burnley’s interest in the young prospect comes in the wake of the Clarets bolstering their underage squads with the signing of 16-year-old left-back Dane McCullough from Portadown in Northern Ireland, whose first team he has already represented (as per Lancashire Live).
Goddard would obviously be blooded gradually through various underage groups before entering first team consideration if he were to move to Turf Moor, where Will Norris joined the goalkeeping ranks last week while Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Lukas Jensen are also in reserve to first-choice stopper Nick Pope.
With Bayern Munich winning the last eight Bundesliga titles and still in contention to lift the Champions League trophy next Sunday, the Bavarian club carry a clear allure which could make it difficult for Burnley to tempt Goddard to Lancashire.
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However, that the Clarets are in the frame to sign a young talent who is wanted by a club as successful as Bayern, and who has developed through the academy ranks at Manchester City, speaks volumes about the teenager’s potential as well as Burnley’s ambition to make astute long-term purchases.
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