According to Sky Sports, Burnley have made an £8 million bid for Swansea City’s Sam Clucas.
Sky Sports have also reported that Everton’s Kevin Mirallas is close to joining Serie A side Fiorentina on loan for the upcoming campaign.
With Burnley clearly in the market for a wide attacking midfielder, they should drop their pursuit of Clucas in favour of making a late move for the unsettled Mirallas.
Clucas has shown flashes of quality in the Premier League before, but Mirallas is a much more reliable proposition. With European football on the horizon for the Clarets, the Belgian’s proven quality and experience would be a better bet for Sean Dyche to make.
This is especially true if Mirallas could be snapped up on a cost effective loan deal.
Kevin Mirallas endured a tough time at Goodison Park last time out, and a loan stint with Olympiacos failed to revive his form. Ultimately, this state of affairs cost Mirallas his place in the Belgium World Cup squad.
With the versatile winger now surplus to requirements for the Toffees, Dyche should take this chance to land a quality player either very cheaply, or on a temporary arrangement.
Transfermarkt value the 30-year-old at only £6.3 million, suggesting he could be available permanently for even less than the figure which has been offered for Clucas.
With a gruelling campaign ahead, Burnley could do with all of the experience, depth and quality they can get. The addition of Mirallas would add all of the above to their squad, and would also provide an injection of the unpredictability and flair that the Clarets’ attack sometimes lacks.