Wout Weghorst misses Wolfsburg training as Burnley face Mislav Orsic transfer hurdle
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Burnley remain in advanced talks over the signing of Dutch international striker Wout Weghorst and a deal – thought to be worth around £12million – is progressing in the right direction after the 6ft 6′ centre-forward was excused from first-team training at Wolfsburg due to his uncertainty future in Lower Saxony. The Clarets are understood to have lodged an opening bid on Wednesday and there is now confidence Weghorst, who trained alone on Friday, will be a Burnley player come the end of the transfer deadline.
A source close to Weghorst confirmed the 29-year-old is currently in Germany amid suggestions he visited the club’s Lancashire training ground on Thursday.
Talks between the two clubs and the player’s representatives remain ongoing, while Wolfsburg are refusing to comment on Weghorst’s future.
The Volkswagen Arena hierarchy believe this could be the right time to part company with their talismanic forward, who has been portrayed as a distraction in the German media, as he enters the final 18 months of his contract.
As reported on Express Sport in 2020, the player came close to joining another unnamed Premier League club prior to the pandemic before the complicated financial climate saw a move collapse.
Since then, his representatives have remained in contact with English clubs, including Tottenham.
Yet following the £25m departure of Chris Wood to relegation rivals Newcastle, Burnley feel Weghorst is the perfect target man to fill the void left behind by the New Zealand international.
Now the Clarets are working on closing the deal but as of yet, there are no significant updates to report.
Elsewhere, Burnley are struggling to get a deal for Milsav Orsic over the line due to Dinamo Zagreb’s stubborn approach towards a sale.
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While the two clubs seemingly agreed on a fee earlier this week in what was considered to be a significant breakthrough, Dinamo have since dug their heels into the ground.
That’s because they want to keep star man Orsic for this Sunday’s crunch Prva HNL title six-pointer against Rijeka.
As things stand, Dinamo sit top of the pile but level on points with their rivals, who also have 40pts.
Furthermore, Osijek are also in the picture on the same number of points in what is proving to be one of the most exciting title races in Croatian history.
Orsic wants to join Burnley and will double his current salary should he get his move to Turf Moor.
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However, it appears there is still work to do before he is confirmed as a Clarets player, despite the deal’s completion looking just a matter of time only 24 hours ago. It may now go to the wire.
English sources suggest Burnley have agreed a £7m fee, while sources close to Dinamo state the initial agreement was worth around €10m (£8.4m).
Either way, Dinamo are pressing on with plans to sign Orsic’s replacement.
The Croats have bid for Argentine winger Martin Ojeda, who is currently on loan at Godoy Cruz from Racing Club.
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