Clarets linked with Byrne as Lansbury saga rolls on

Nathan Byrne has been linked with a switch to Turf Moor
Nathan Byrne has been linked with a switch to Turf Moor
  • Byrne scored a hat-trick on opening day of season as Swindon beat Bradford City
  • Clarets could pay over £1m for the former Spurs youngster
  • Forest boss Freedman is hoping to secure a player-plus-cash deal as Clarets wait on Lansbury deal

Burnley have been linked with a £1m-plus offer for Swindon Town wide man Nathan Byrne, as the Henri Lansbury saga continues.

BBC Radio Wiltshire reported yesterday morning that Swindon were prepared for a bid for Byrne, 23, who scored a 16-minute hat-trick against Bradford City on the opening day of the League 1 season.

Swindon are looking for upwards of £850,000 for the player, who has started this season on the right of a front three, after spending last season at wing back.

Spurs would be entitled to 50% of any fee for Byrne, who has a year remaining on his contract.

Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freeman is hoping to secure a player-plus-cash deal if Lansbury is to finally make the switch to Burnley.

A senior Forest executive informed the local media last Monday that the club had accepted an offer from the Clarets for Lansbury, worth an initial £3m, plus £1m in add-ons, only for owner Fawaz Al Hasawi to issue a denial on Twitter.

Lansbury was on the bench for Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup defeat against Walsall, but captained Forest in their 2-1 win over Rotherham on Saturday, when Freedman insisted the “ball is back in their court”.

Freedman is a known admirer of Lukas Jutkiewicz, signing him on loan while at Bolton Wanderer, while he is also believed to be keen on Scott Arfield.