Burnley have, on Thursday, announced the signing of a highly-regarded up-and-coming member of the goalkeeping ranks at Premier League rivals Manchester City.
The player in question? James Trafford.
The name of shot-stopper Trafford has of course taken its place centre stage in the headlines at Burnley for some time now.
This comes after word was forthcoming in the media that the 20-year-old was on the verge of sealing a move to Turf Moor, ahead of the Clarets’ return to the top-flight of English football.
For those not familiar with his name, Trafford proved himself the hero in England’s triumph at the U21 European Championships earlier this month, keeping out an injury-time penalty to guide the Young Lions to a hard-fought showpiece downing of Spain.
Not only that, but he didn’t concede a single goal across the span of the tournament as a whole.
In turn, it will no doubt come as a major boost to all associated with Burnley to hear that, late on Thursday, his arrival in Lancashire has at long last been made official.
As per an official announcement across the Clarets’ website and social media platforms:
‘Burnley Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of England U21 international James Trafford from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.’
The move is understood to have set the powers that be at Turf Moor back an initial £14 million, followed by a further £5 million in potential add-ons.
Trafford has put pen to paper on a contract with Vincent Kompany’s side through the summer of 2027.