Burnley are looking to make a significant transfer over the coming days, as they look to prepare their squad for the upcoming Premier League challenge, reports talkSPORT. Michael Kightly has been linked with a permanent move to Turfmoor, having spent last season on loan there.
Kightly became a stand-out performer during Burnley’s impressive rise to automatic promotion from the Championship. The player made 36 appearances for Sean Dyche’s men and scored 5 goals. From his wide position, Kightly was able to dictate the speed of the game, and also provided plenty of clinical assists.
The player still has 1 year left on his current contract at the Britannia Stadium, but Potters manager Mark Hughes has agreed to let him leave the club early, for a small transfer fee. Kightly could be available for as little as £1.5 million, and Burnley are massive favourites to sign him because of the previous relationship that Kightly holds with the club.
The former Wolves and Watford man played most of the 2012/13 season for Stoke City, although he never truly impressed for them. Hughes has been unable to promise him first-team football next year, and has deemed Kightly surplus to requirements as a result.
He will not be unwanted at Burnley, however, as he has enjoyed perhaps the best football of his career so far whilst playing for the club. The newly promoted side will need all of the Premier League experience that they can get ahead of next year, and Kightly’s time at Wolves and Stoke could prove invaluable.