EXCLUSIVE: Burnley in talks about talent-share agreement with Dundee

EXCLUSIVE: Burnley are in talks about a talent-share agreement with Scottish side Dundee… as owners ALK Capital look to land a feeder club to boost Vincent Kompany’s side

  • Dundee are discussing a proposal about becoming a feeder club for Burnley 
  • Burnley owners ALK Capital are eyeing a talent-share agreement between teams
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Burnley owners ALK Capital are in talks with Dundee over proposals to make the Scottish Premiership side a feeder club, Mail Sport can reveal.

It is understood discussions over the collaboration have taken place in recent weeks in a deal that would initially see the clubs enter into a talent-share agreement.

If ratified the venture could see Burnley secure first refusal on Dundee’s best players.

Similarly, the deal would also see Burnley’s most talented youngsters head north of the border to gain valuable first team experience.

Clarets winger Marcel Lewis is already on loan at Dundee until January.

Burnley’s owners are in discussions with Dundee FC about a talent-share arrangement

The move would give Burnley first refusal on the Scottish side’s most promising young players

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Sources have indicated Burnley’s American owners have shown an interest in a possible financial investment into the Dens Park outfit with a view to securing a stake in the club – but such an agreement have been described as premature from figures close to the ongoing talks.

The potential partnership comes after ALK Capital showed an interest in purchasing Belgian side FC Kortrijk in a deal worth a reported £13million earlier this year.

But while the transaction did not materialise, the American investment group remain interested in linking-up other clubs across Europe as they look to adopt a multi-club approach that has become popular throughout the global football landscape in recent years.

Treble holders Manchester City are owned by Abu Dhabi-based City Football Group, while the Red Bull franchise has become one of the game’s most successful projects in world football.

ALK Capital – whose managing director Alan Pace is also chairman at Turf Moor – acquired a controlling stake in Burnley, through its sports investment arm Velocity Sports Partners, in 2020.

But they are keen to increase their involvement in football amid the proposed venture with Dundee, who are currently 10th in the Scottish top flight.

Burnley winger Marcel Lewis is already out on loan at Dundee until the January window

If the agreement is completed, Burnley would be following in the footsteps of Arsenal, with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and Manchester United, with Livingston, in striking associations with Scottish clubs.

Brighton and Hibernian also agreed a ‘strategic partnership’ with an emphasis on player development in 2021.

Meanwhile, Burnley striker Lyle Foster has signed a new five year deal at Turf Moor.

The South Africa international is the club’s top scorer this season with three goals.

‘It is clear now important he is. He is happy and performing well,’ said Burnley boss Vincent Kompany. 

‘It is not what he is showing on the pitch, he is dependable and hard working for the team and can compete at this level. It is good for the club.’


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