Burnley today announced that they have accepted a bid from Rangers for talented winger Chris Eagles.
If all goes well, the promising youngster will accept personal terms with the Scottish club within the forthcoming days and, given that the 24-year-old has already trained with the club this week, it is certainly foreseeable that Eagles will be starring in Glaswegian blue come next season.
The former Manchester United youth – and former Tottenham season ticket holder – has enjoyed a successful spell in the claret and blue of Burnley since joining from Old Trafford in 2008. Although unable to secure a consistent spot in Manchester United’s first team, Eagles blossomed under former Burnley boss Owen Coyle, eventually securing a regular first team spot in the North West side upon their promotion to the Premier League.
Despite being 24, Eagles can already consider himself as quite the footballing traveler. Kicking-off his youth career at Watford, Eagles departed The Hornets when he was 14 to join the Manchester United academy. He turned pro in 2003 and since then has served two spells back at his parent club Watford, featured 25 times at Sheffield Wednesday, and played in the Dutch Eredivisie with NEC Nijmegen, before departing from Manchester – where he failed to make a genuine impact, despite scoring memorable goal against Everton in the Premier League – to Burnley.
During those tenures, Eagles has proven to be a credible, nippy winger with a confident and deft touch, and has demonstrated the additional bonus of being able to find the back of the net. Yet, whether the winger has the credentials to fight for a place at the pinnacle of Scottish football remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, the sale of his substantial talent has given cause for concern at Turf Moor. Brian Laws has been quick to assuage fears that the winger’s departure might signal a wholesale revamp of the clubs personnel as a result of limited finances thank to the club’s recent relegation.
The proposed transfer has also raised one or two eyebrows north of the border as the midfielder appears set to become debt-riddled Rangers’ first signing involving a transfer fee for over two years.