Arsenal centre back Dan Ballard not Burnley-bound as Vincent Kompany looks to secure first signing

As Vincent Kompany looks to secure his first signings as Burnley boss, Arsenal centre back Dan Ballard will not be one of them.

By Chris Boden
Sunday, 26th June 2022, 10:55 am

The 22-year-old Northern Ireland international, who has impressed on loan over the last two seasons with Blackpool in League One, and then Millwall in the Championship, was thought to be close to agreeing a move to Turf Moor on Thursday.

A £2m deal was believed to have been struck, with the Gunners wanting a sell-on clause, and a matching sale clause, should Arsenal want to buy the player back down the line.

However, amid reports Burnley have since pulled out of a deal, I understand the club had not agreed anything with Arsenal or the player.

Northern Ireland's defender Daniel Ballard controls the ball during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification football match between Switzerland and Northern Ireland at the Stade de Geneve, in Geneva on October 9, 2021. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

There are also suggestions Ballard failed a medical, but I am told he hadn’t undergone one with the club.

Burnley have since been linked with a fresh offer for Oxford United centre back Luke McNally, with reports the club have agreed a fee of £1.6m for the 22-year-old, who has two years remaining on his contract at the Kassam Stadium.

However, again, while he is thought to be a player of interest, I understand nothing has yet been agreed for McNally.

The Clarets are keen to bring in fresh options at centre back, with captain Ben Mee and James Tarkowski leaving at the end of their contracts, but a loan move for Manchester City’s Taylor Harwood-Bellis – the England Under 21 skipper – remains likely, while the club are also thought to be close to landing another City defender CJ Egan-Riley, for a fee potentially up to £750,000.

OXFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Luke McNally of Oxford celebrates scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Oxford United and Fleetwood Town at Kassam Stadium on November 23, 2021 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Egan-Riley is primarily a centre back, who can play at right back and holding midfield.

Kompany said on Friday at his first press conference: "I can tell you we're close to bringing in a few players, but until the medicals have been finalised and contracts signed, there's nobody we're bringing in officially today, I think, but in general we're close to players and we're set up a few medicals, and hopefully in the next 24-48 hours we can start making the first announcements.”

Sporting Lisbon's Brazilian defender Matheus Reis (R) vies with Manchester City's English defender CJ Egan-Riley during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Manchester City and Sporting Lisbon at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on March 9, 2022. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 25: Captain Taylor Harwood-Bellis of England makes a point during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier match between England U21 and Andorra U21 on March 25, 2022 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)