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Transfer talk: Burnley join the chase for Leeds’ McKinstry

Leeds United’s 20-year-old Scottish midfielder Stuart McKinstry has attracted the interest of Burnley ahead of his contract with the Whites expiring next summer, reports Football Insider.

The Yorkshire club are currently in the process of arranging new contract talks with McKinstry, but Burnley now sit ready to pounce if no new deal can be formed with the promising youngster.

Burnley are the latest among a number of other Championship clubs, including Sheffield United and Stoke City, to express an interest in signing McKinstry, who is currently on a season-long loan at Motherwell. McKinstry’s career began as a product of the Scottish Premiership side’s academy before he moved to Elland Road in 2019.

He never made an appearance at Motherwell before his transfer to Leeds and despite being a regular in the Whites’ youth setup, only made two senior appearances during his time in Yorkshire.

Upon his return to Motherwell McKinstry swiftly established himself in the first team, having generated two goals and one assist in nine games so far this season. His impressive performances saw him named the club’s player of the month for October.

Vincent Kompany has displayed a keen interest in promoting young talent since being appointed manager of the Lancashire club, with young Manchester City loanees CJ Egan-Riley and Taylor Harwood-Bellis both regularly featuring in his starting XI.

With Burnley’s sights now set on McKinstry, it appears that he could potentially be the newest addition to these youthful ranks if contract talks between him and Leeds were to fall through.

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