Norwich City transfer rumours: Burnley take young keeper on trial

PUBLISHED: 10:03 05 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:18 05 July 2019

Jon McCracken in action for Norwich City U23s at Carrow Road last season PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Jon McCracken in action for Norwich City U23s at Carrow Road last season PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Jamie Honeywood

Premier League rivals Burnley have reportedly taken young Norwich City keeper Jon McCracken on trial.

It was reported last month that Newcastle, Blackburn and Hibernian were all interested in the Scotland Under-19 international but the situation looks to have moved on since then.

The Scottish Sun claim McCracken joined up with the Clarets for pre-season on Monday, as he has been told he's surplus to requirements by the Canaries, despite having a year remaining on his contract.

The 19-year-old was signed from Hamilton Academical in the summer of 2016, the former club of then first team manager Alex Neil, and was a regular for City's U23s last season.

He made 18 appearances, vying for game time with Aston Oxborough and Billy Johnson, and was part of the senior squad's training squad during their warm weather break in Florida in November - when Oxborough was recovering from a wrist injury.

The report adds that McCracken is heading to Poland with Burnley in a bid to try and impress, although Sean Dyche already has England goalkeepers Tom Heaton, Nick Pope and Joe Hart in the first team ranks.

Wigan Athletic and Hearts are also mentioned as interested clubs, with potential involvement with Scotland at under-21 level also floated.

VERDICT: Sources close to the Canaries suggest McCracken's contract demands have led to his potential early exit, which looks likely to happen now, having been fourth choice last season.

While the Scot looked to have excellent kicking and distribution in the modern mould, questions about his shot-stopping ability remained among those who watch City's U23s regularly.

With a year left on his contract there would be compensation due but with Scotland U19 keeper Archie Mair already signed from Aberdeen this summer, it seems the Canaries have already made arrangements for McCracken's replacement at U23 level.

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