Sat 8 Jun 2024, 13:00 · Ash Harrison

Newcastle United have reportedly bid £16m for coveted 21-year-old but club holding out for £20m

Newcastle United have reportedly bid £16m for coveted 21-year-old but club holding out for £20m
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Newcastle United have supposedly made the first move to sign in-demand 21-year-old from relegated Premier League side.

Burnley were relegated from the Premier League last season and face the battle to return to the top flight from the Championship in 2024/25, but they will have to do so without Vincent Kompany whose reward for relegation was one of the biggest jobs in Europe.

They may also have to do it without 21-year-old England goalkeeper James Trafford as Newcastle have got the ball rolling on what could turn into a bidding war.

The Daily Mail claims that Newcastle have made a £16million bid for Trafford, but Burnley want closer to £20million.

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James Trafford was cut from Gareth Southgate's Euro 2024 squad

Newcastle aren't alone in their admiration for James Trafford

It's a bold move by Newcastle to go in so low as the £20million figure is what has been bandied around for a while now.

The Magpies aren't the only side interested in Trafford with Chelsea and Liverpool also mulling over an approach, and Kompany is also considering bringing him to Bayern Munich.

Eddie Howe has several goalkeeper targets in mind this summer with reports of Newcastle having made a £35million for Giorgi Mamardashvili of Valencia coming out recently too, although they were subsequently downplayed pretty quickly.


James Trafford doesn't seem to be a popular choice online

The immediate reaction to this story on X was far from positive, with responses going up within minutes from Newcastle fans who were less than happy with the idea of signing Trafford. We can't repeat the comment that stands out, but you get the gist if you've ever seen a social media post before.

We've said before that Trafford is the most cost-effective goalkeeping solution of the ones mentioned, but probably the least exciting at least in the short-term.

We can't see him posing much of a threat to Nick Pope's position as number one, but then, he has ousted Pope from the England setup, so maybe we should be giving more credit to the young lad.