Burnley sign Liverpool full-back on season-long loan
Burnley have reinforced their defensive ranks ahead of their return to the Premier League by signing Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan on a season-long loan.
Flanagan, 23, signed a new long-term contract with the Reds in March, but has been allowed to go out on loan in search of regular first-team football.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has previously spoken highly of the defender who made a return to action late last season after 20 months out through injury.
Flanagan underwent two knee operations during his time out as his blossoming career, which has already earned him an England cap, was slowed.
The full-back has made more than 50 first-team appearances for the Reds since making his debut aged 18 and made his sole England appearance against Ecuador ahead of the 2014 World Cup - when he was listed as one of Roy Hodgson's stand-by players.
Flanagan is Burnley's third signing of the summer after Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope arrived at Turf Moor.
Burnley begin the Premier League season with back-to-back home games against Swansea and Flanagan's parent club Liverpool.
Chelsea are increasingly confident of signing Leicester City ace Danny Drinkwater and are preparing to raise their bid for the midfielder to £32million.
The Foxes turned down an initial £25m offer from Antonio Conte’s side and value Drinkwater at closer to £40m.The England international is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge and Craig Shakespeare won’t stand in the former Manchester United man’s way should an acceptable offer come in.
Drinkwater signed a long-term deal 18 months ago and Leicester are under no pressure to sell the midfielder.However, they accept the lure of west London is hard to resist and the
Sun claim Chelsea will submit a new £32m bid for Drinkwater this week.
That offer is likely to be accepted by Leicester, who will look to reinvest straight away.It’s likely to be a busy week at Stamford Bridge with Conte determined to sign as many as four new players before the transfer window closes next Thursday.
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