Burnley snap up George Porter

BURNLEY boss Eddie Howe has made exciting Leyton Orient prospect George Porter his second new signing of the summer.

The winger has agreed a three-year contract with the Clarets with the move subject to completion of the relevant paperwork.

The two clubs are also still in discussion over a fee, with Orient entitled to compensation for the 20-year-old right-sided player.

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Porter has spent the last two seasons with the O’s after signing from non-league side Cray Wanderers and had been offered a new deal to extend his stay in East London.

In his first year with Orient, the Sidcup-born wideman was loaned to Lewes and Hastings United to gain first-team experience.

Then after returning to Brisbane Road for the 2011/12 season Porter made 38 appearances for the League One side, often as an impact player off the bench.

Porter’s arrival at Turf Moor follows the capture of Mansfield Town defender Luke O’Neill as Howe looks to develop future talent in tandem with a Championship challenge next season.

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“We believe George is an exciting young player with the potential to develop further with us,” said the Burnley manager as he steps up his recruitment drive ahead of Friday’s return to pre-season training.

“He will increase competition in the wide areas in our squad but is also one for the future.

“He has had a taste of League football and we will now be working with him to help him make the step up to the Championship and make a big impact here at Turf Moor.”

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