Clarets complete Long swoop

Burnley have snapped up Cork City defender Kevin Long for a six-figure fee on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The 19-year-old Irishman was being tracked by a number of clubs in England and Scotland and Clarets boss Owen Coyle is delighted to have secured Long's signature.

He told the club's official website:"We are delighted to be signing Kevin and to have beaten off stiff competition from top clubs north and south of the border for his services.

"He is a young, aggressive and quick left-sided centre-back who is hungry to keep improving and will go straight into our first-team squad when he joins us.

"He has got everything you want in that that type of player and I would like to thank Cork's chairman Tom Coughlan for his courtesy and professionalism during negotiations."

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