According to a report by The Sun, Burnley has entered the race to recruit Manchester City centre-back Taylor Harwood-Bellis ahead of the opening of the summer window next month.
The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season at Stoke City after playing for Anderlecht in early 2021/22 with ex-City defender Vincent Kompany currently in charge of the Belgium side.
However, he is believed to be nearing appointment as Sean Dyche’s permanent successor at Turf Moor – and potentially securing a reunion with Harwood-Bellis, who previously played at Blackburn Rovers in Lancashire.
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However, the Clarets are not the only side interested in a move for the England youth international. Scottish Premier League champions Celtic are also said to have him on their list of targets, with Champions League football potentially on offer for the youngster north of the border.
Championship rivals Stoke may continue to keep an eye on the defender, with boss Michael O’Neill admitting he would like to explore the possibility of bringing him back to the bet365 Stadium on loan next season.
Like the Potters, the Lancashire side need to address their situation as a centre-back, with James Tarkowski set to join from Turf Moor this summer and Nathan Collins also being linked with a move, although the latter could potentially remain at the club after only arriving last summer .
This would be a good addition for the relegated team considering Kompany has worked with him before, with a partnership between Harwood, Bellis and Collins potentially giving them the defensive solidity needed to see them into the Premier first time around bring back league.
Given the relationship that Kompany and City also share they are likely to have an advantage over many other sides in the race for his signature and if his performances at Stoke are anything to go by he will be a real asset in Lancashire.
The 20-year-old will not be lacking in motivation to perform well either – he may want to continue on permanently in the next year or two and doing well at Turf Moor could see him stay there longer term or allow him to move into the to put up shop windows.
At this point it doesn’t make sense that Pep Guardiola’s side would keep him ahead of them with Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Ayermic Laporte and John Stones in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, so it’s more than likely he’ll play for him Another temporary spell is provided away.
Considering he’s an England youth international they might not want to let him go just yet, especially if he can help fill their domestic quota in the future. But a deal is also ideal for Burnley, who wants to get good value for money this summer.