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Burnley FC in talks with York City winger Vinnie Steels

Premier League club Burnley are interested in signing Vinnie Steels from York City.

The academy winger has indicated a desire to move to Turf Moor and the National League North club is in talks with the Clarets over the possibility of a compensation package.

Steels,16, joined City in February after leaving league rivals Darlington.

He made his first-team debut as a substitute against Nuneaton Town on April 10 and his first start four days later against Gainsborough Trinity. He made two further appearances as a substitute against FC United of Manchester and Brackley Town.

Due to being a Non-League club, York do not have the protection of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) which guarantees compensation for youth and academy players. League rules also prevent English clubs offering professional terms to players under the age of 17.

Sporting director Dave Penney said: “This is a great opportunity for Vinnie to move to a Premier League club and we wish him all the best.

“Burnley have complied with all the rules and gave seven days’ notice, last week, of their intentions to approach the player. Both Vinnie and his agent will now be free to talk to Burnley’s representatives on Wednesday.

“As we are no longer protected by by the EPPP, we have little protection against the biggest clubs when it comes to holding on to our best young players.”

Steels had been offered a professional contract by City and was scheduled to sign the paperwork on his 17th birthday next month.


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