Burnley are doing their best to annoy Sheffield United fans this summer, with the Clarets now having agreed a deal to sign Scott Twine from MK Dons.
Twine was one of the many names being mentioned as a potential signing for Paul Heckingbottom this summer. The Dons midfielder had shone last term. The 22-year-old scored 20 goals and added 13 more assists in a fine campaign in League One.
Many Blades fans had been hoping Twine might be the man to replace Morgan Gibbs-White for this coming season.
But with Burnley spending money, aided by the £10m sale of Nick Pope this week, and the lure of a big-name manager in Vincent Kompany, Twine looks to be on his way to Lancashire.
Twine’s signing will follow on from them signing Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard, who had been another player on Sheffield United’s wish list this summer.
The Blades board – and Hecky – will be hoping this last few days aren’t a sign of things to come during the window.
Our View: Twine Was Always Going To Be A Difficult One
He might have been a lot of people’s top signing but he was always going to be hard to land. The £4m fee, for a start, is a problem, as will be the wages Burnley will be offering, not to mention Kompany’s presence.
On the flip side, who can actually say they’d seen or heard much from Twine before last year? He’s had an excellent season in League One but the step into the Championship is a big one.
If United are to spend £4m on a player, they need to make sure they’re a hit. Twine still has an element of risk about him, and Burnley have opted for that risk.