Burnley are hopeful of completing a deal for former Chelsea defender Richard Nartey, reports Lancashire Live.
Ghanaian outlet Graphic Sports Online previously reported that Nartey was interesting Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion, after leaving Stamford Bridge this summer.
The 22-year-old was on trial at the Clarets in September and they were apparently considering giving him a three-year contract then.
It hasn’t happened as yet, but Nartey remains on trial at Turf Moor. The right-back started in an Under-23s game for them against Aston Villa on Monday.
They are still keen on completing a deal for Nartey and it looks like it could be finalised in the near future.
Manchester United youngster Owen Dodgson is also set to join at the same time. The 17-year-old played in the game against Villa as well and will become part of their academy setup.
Who is Richard Nartey?
Born in London to a Ghanaian father and English mother, Nartey came through the youth ranks at Chelsea. He has not represented either country at any level as yet.
The full-back’s first experience of senior football came last season when he spent the entire campaign on loan at Burton Albion in League One.
Nartey made 29 appearances for Burton in all competitions, before being released by the Blues in January.
Generally considered a right-back, he can also play in central defence. Nartey would therefore have been a versatile option for Chris Wilder in his 3-5-2 formation.
However, it seems that he is still some way from being a Premier League player. Despite their strong interest, Burnley plan for Nartey to join their Under-23s squad for the time being.
It is likely to be a similar story for the Blades.
Which should perhaps come as no surprise, considering Nartey’s only EFL game time has come in the third tier of English football.