Newcastle transfer news: Magpies quoted £15m to sign Brighton's Dan Burn
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Newcastle transfer news: Magpies quoted £15m to sign Brighton's Dan Burn

The clock is ticking and Newcastle United’s struggle to nail down centre-back targets in-particular continues with Dan Burn.

According to ChronicleLive, the Magpies will have to try again in their bid to sign the Brighton & Hove Albion defender.

Just a matter of hours after submitting an £8million bid, the Athletic reported that Newcastle’s move for the 6ft 7in man had been rejected.

However, talkSPORT football correspondent Alex Crook has since claimed that it will take a bid of at least £15million to prise Burn away from Graham Potter’s side.

Newcastle were always going to be faced with inflated asking prices as soon as we became the richest club in the world, alongside our need to bolster our squad amidst the relegation battle.

But some of the ridiculous quotes we have been given like the Jesse Lingard deal show the task PIF are facing.

We rightly didn’t buckle to Manchester United’s extreme demands, but as time ticks by our desperate need for defensive reinforcements increases.

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Although Burn was born in the North East and actually grew up supporting Newcastle, we shouldn’t pay over the odds. He started his career with the Toon Army before being released at the age of 11.

However, as Monday’s 11pm deadline draws ever nearer, the rumour mill is only going to continue to go into hyperdrive.

But as much as PIF don’t want to be held to ransom, we’re entering ‘needs must’ territory.

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Not signing a centre-back during the January transfer window is unthinkable. For all of the glamour of signing Bruno Guimaraes, having the likes of Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles behind him isn’t enough to paper over the cracks.

Speaking on Sky Sports, former Newcastle defender Steve Howey felt Dan Burn would be a “good acquisition” for his old side.

According to Crook, £15million plus could be enough to land Burn, but the question now is whether PIF are willing to meet that valuation.