Lukas Jutkiewicz close to £1.5m Burnley move
BURNLEY are expected to unveil Lukas Jutkiewicz as their sixth summer signing today.
The 25-year-old passed a medical ahead of Sean Dyche’s squad and staff leaving for their pre-season tour of Austria yesterday, after Middlesbrough accepted the Clarets’ £1.5million offer for the striker, with the potential for the deal to climb to £2.25m.
Jutkiewicz has not joined Burnley on tour, but the fitness formalities pave the way for the former Everton and Coventry front man to join up with the Premier League new boys for the rest of their week-long training camp should personal terms be agreed and three-year contract signed.
But there were other options on the table for Jutkiewicz as Wigan joined the race on the back of Derby County and Bolton.
Boro went on to accept offers from two clubs yesterday, with Bolton understood to be one of them.
Brighton also expressed an interest, but must sell before they are in a position to make offers.
Wanderers seemed the early favourites for Jutkiewicz’s signature after he enjoyed a successful four-month loan spell at the Reebok Stadium last season. In March he said he would love the clubs to “come to an agreement to let me stay longer.”
However, until recently the Bolton hierarchy had not come up with sufficient funds to force through a sale, while Derby’s bid fell below Boro’s valuation of a player they paid £1.3m for in January 2012.
That led to Burnley moving into the driving seat, with the pull of the Premier League among the incentives for the Southampton-born front man.
Burnley boss Dyche had hoped that Jutkiewicz would form one half of a double striker swoop, after earmarking Troy Deeney as a main target, but that seems less likely.
Deeney has been targeted by Aston Villa, Swansea and Norwich City but Watford’s reluctance to lose their top scorer, allied to Ross McCormack’s £11m transfer fee from Leeds to Fulham, has led to Burnley being priced out.
The Clarets have had one offer, believed to be in between £5m and £6m, rejected by the Hornets.
It was expected they would go back in with a higher bid but following interest from elsewhere and the McCormack developments Deeney is said to be moving in a different direction.