Burnley loan star Kightly set to complete £1m move - after his honeymoon (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Burnley loan star Kightly set to complete £1m move - after his honeymoon
LOAN star Michael Kightly is due to complete his £1m move to Burnley following his return from honeymoon.
Kightly spent the 2013/14 season on loan from Stoke City and played an important role in the Clarets’ promotion to the Premier League.
The loan deal included an agreement for Burnley to sign Kightly on a permanent basis if they went up.
It is understood that, after talks between the two clubs, the transfer is set to be completed imminently – potentially within the next week.
Kightly has been away on honeymoon, but he is due to finalise his move upon his return to the country.
The 28-year-old has made no secret of the fact that he wants to join Burnley on a permanent basis after falling down the pecking order at Stoke under Mark Hughes.
Stoke signed Kightly in a £3m deal from Wolves, including add-ons, in 2012.
But it is believed that it will only require a deal of around £1m to bring him to Turf Moor.
Stoke are content to allow the winger to leave, with Kightly having only a year left on his contract at the Britannia Stadium.
He scored the goal that confirmed Burnley’s promotion in their 2-0 home victory over Wigan Athletic on Easter Monday, having also netted the winner at Blackpool days earlier.
In total he made 38 appearances for the Clarets during the campaign and was always keen to remain at Turf Moor following the club’s promotion.
Burnley are looking at a range of other possible additions this summer and teenage Tamworth striker Kaiyne Woolery says he is relishing the prospect of a trial with the Clarets during pre-season.
The 19-year-old, who is also said to be interesting West Bromwich Albion and Crewe Alexandra, has already had a spell training with the Clarets.
“They have asked me back and I am going to go,” Woolery said. “I went there last season and played for their under 21s against Fleetwood.
“It went okay. It wasn’t the best I have ever played but they have asked me back so that’s nice and they have given me a close-season programme to follow too.
“They made me feel very welcome there and looked after me.
“I’ll just have to wait and see what happens but obviously, every player dreams of playing as high as they possibly can.
“It’s an exciting time and it’s been flattering to have interest from some great clubs. Hopefully, I can show what I can do.”
David Edgar has joined Birmingham City on a two-year contract after being released by Burnley.
The Canadian international spent five years at Turf Moor and recently got married in Jamaica.
“I coached Dave when he was a young player at Newcastle and I was the reserve manager,” said Birmingham boss Lee Clark.
“He’s a good professional with a strong character and has leadership qualities.
“His versatility is important to us in the way that we want to work.
“I think we’ve done really well to get him because he played a huge part in what Burnley did last year.
“When I spoke to Sean Dyche he was really fulsome in his praise of what Dave had done.”
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