Bristol City continue talks with Burnley for attacking option

This summer, Liam Manning wants to add three attackers to Bristol City, and Scott Twine is one of his top transfer targets.

Bristol City and Burnley are still in negotiations to try to finalise a deal for Scott Twine. If conditions are agreed upon, the transfer process should move along quite quickly.

According to Bristol Live, Twine has been doing some of his off-season training at the High-Performance Centre before pre-season begins at the end of this month, whether he’s playing for City or Burnley at Gawthorpe Hall.

The 24-year-old is naturally from the area; his family still resides in Royal Wootton Bassett, which is about 45 minutes away. However, if the two Championship clubs can agree on a transfer fee, this may also be seen as a hint of his ambitions.

The playmaker was only able to sign a loan agreement because the Clarets valued him at £5 million during the January transfer window. However, with Burnley back in the Championship and Twine obviously determined to leave Turf Moor, that amount is expected to drop significantly.

Twine’s need for a centre playmaker, his familiarity with head coach Liam Manning and his system, and his good performances after his injury return made him a key target for the Robins even before the 2023–24 season concluded. Manning is also eager to add a winger, with a signing in that position imminent, and a striker, with three alternatives under consideration.

In order to get Twine a central position under Manning, City successfully convinced Burnley to move him from his temporary residence at Hull, where he had been primarily used on the left, to BS3.

Despite having a thigh injury that limited his number of appearances, he ended up with two goals in 10 games. After his incredible free kick against Rotherham United, the head coach of City, who is usually reluctant to discuss transfers in public, stated he would like to bring the Wiltshire-born midfielder back to Bristol.

The Clarets have seen some turmoil with their Premier League relegation and the departure of manager Vincent Kompany to Bayern Munich, who has not yet been replaced permanently. Twine has two years left on his contract with Swindon Town Academy, so it has been expected that whoever takes over permanently at Turf Moor will determine whether or not he stays.

That was also implied when Tinnion was questioned last week about the midfield player during his appearance earlier this month on the Forever Bristol City podcast; nevertheless, Burnley’s desire to recover as much of the £4 million they initially invested in him seems to be the true reason for the delay.

Regardless of who becomes the permanent Clarets manager—Craig Bellamy, Frank Lampard, Scott Parker, or anybody else—Twine’s desire for regular first-team action means he will most likely leave that region of Lancashire this summer, so Burnley’s goal is to maximise his value.

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