Burnley 'interested in signing' Strasbourg defender Simakan for £15m

Burnley ‘interested in signing’ French centre-back Mohamed Simakan from Strasbourg and are ‘pushing’ manager Sean Dyche to make a £15m for the highly-rated 20-year-old

  • Burnley are hoping to sign a centre-back during the January transfer window 
  • They were upset to miss out on Craig Dawson who was loaned to West Ham 
  • Their top target is now 20-year-old Strasbourg centre-back Mohamed Simakan 

Burnley are interested in signing French centre-back Mohamed Simakan from Strasbourg. 

The Clarets have reportedly backed an offer for the 20-year-old star and are pushing manager Sean Dyche to make a £15m bid for the defender.

The Sun have reported that Burnley see him as their favourite defensive target and could try and make a move for him during the January transfer window.

Mohamed Simakan has impressed for Ligue 1 side Strasbourg since his first start last-season

Burnley are reportedly hoping to sign the 20-year-old centre back for £15m in January

AC Milan had attempted to sign the youngster in the final days of the summer transfer window, while West Ham also considered putting in a £9m offer. 

Burnley are keen to strengthen their squad after a disappointing showing during the summer transfer window, only recruiting midfielder Dale Stephens from Brighton and backup goalkeeper Will Norris from Wolves.

It is reported that Dyche had a number of disagreements with his staff and club owner Mike Garlick that is believed to have disrupted plans.

Simakan was the subject of interest over the summer including from Serie A giants AC Milan

Disputes at Turf Moor were behind the failure to sign Watford defender Craig Dawson, who instead joined West Ham on a loan deal.

Importantly for Burnley, they were able to keep their top defender James Tarkowski despite bids as much as £30m with West Ham and Leicester both in hot-pursuit.

The Clarets rejected all offers for the 27-year-old who they value much higher, and the centre-back still has two-years left on his contract remaining. 

Simakan first broke into the Strasbourg side last season and has impressed, now being a regular starter at the club.

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