Dan Burn: Newcastle sign Brighton centre-back in £13m deal

Newcastle have completed the signing of center-back Dan Burn from Brighton for £13m to take their spending above £90m this month.

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Burn has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at his hometown club Newcastle, where he was a season-ticket holder as a boy.

Burn told the club’s official website: ” I’m buzzing to be here. I never thought I’d be in this position so to be a Newcastle player and to be around St. James’ Park, it’s something I’ve dreamt of since I was a kid. I can’t wait to step out in the shirt and to see what it feels like. From sitting in the East Stand as a kid to now, it’s crazy. I’m excited to get started.”

The Magpies saw two bids turned down before settling on a fee of £13m with Brighton.

Burn, who was in the final 18 months of his Brighton contract, is understood to have undergone a medical over the weekend.

He is Newcastle’s fifth signing of the January transfer window, following the arrivals of Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes, and Matt Targett.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe said: “ I’m delighted to bring Dan back to the North East. He knows exactly what it means to represent this club and he will be a big presence for us on and off the pitch. We have been very keen to add competition defensively and Dan fits the profile we have been looking for. He is naturally left-footed, which provides further balance to our backline, and he will be a great addition to the group.”

The Magpies have wanted to sign a left-footed center-back all window to partner Jamaal Lascelles.

But they failed in their attempts to sign Sven Botman, Diego Carlos, and Benoit Badiashile, making Burn a top target in the final days of the window.

Burn, who joined Brighton from Wigan in 2018, can also play left-back.