Southampton winger Nathan Tella closes in on Burnley loan

The 23-year-old made just 14 Premier League appearances last season, four less than the season before, when he also scored his first top-flight goal against Fulham in May 2021.

Eligible for England and Nigeria, Tella grew up at Stevenage and spent 10 years with Arsenal, joining the Saints in 2017 after trials with Reading and Norwich City.

Under contract until the summer of 2025, signing a new three-and-a-half-year contract in January this year, the move would be temporary, with Saints happy to loan him out to continue his development.

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Burnley are looking for more options in the frontcourt following the departure of Wout Weghorst on loan, Matej Vydra, and wide Dwight McNeil and Maxwel Cornet, with Vincent Kompany also landing Royal Antwerp winger Manuel Benson last week.

The Clarets are believed to have fought competition from a number of Championship sides for the signing of Tella, and he would be the 11th summer arrival at Turf Moor in a tight season unlike any other at the club.

The deal is expected to be completed by midday on Thursday for Tella to be involved at Watford on Friday night.

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