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Burnley sign Eagles from Man Utd

Chris Eagles
Eagles scored twice on United's African tour earlier this month

Burnley have signed winger Chris Eagles from Manchester United on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old has been at Old Trafford since the age of 14 but has failed to secure a first-team place.

Eagles has spent loan spells at Championship rivals Watford, Sheffield Wednesday and Dutch side NEC Nijmegen.

"It's been hard because I've been there so long, to get it finally signed is good and I just want to start training now," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Eagles became Burnley's sixth summer signing after enjoying good pre-season form, scoring against Kaizer Chiefs and Portsmouth on United's African tour.

"It's been like a comfort zone - I've been there for so long, it was hard moving away as I knew everyone from the cleaner to the manager, but I believe it's a big step and a step in the right direction."

Eagles also said he was not sure which position he had been earmarked for by manager Owen Coyle: "I'm an attacking midfielder - whether he plays me on the wing or midfield I'm not really fussed - right, left or centre."

He's a talented footballer and that's what we want, young exciting talents to compliment the quality we already have

Burnley boss Owen Coyle

Coyle added: "He can play as a striker, or behind the striker or wide or as a central midfielder.

"He gives you a host of variations, but out with that he's a talented footballer and that's what we want - young exciting talents to complement the quality we already have."


see also
Man Utd 2-1 Portsmouth
28 Jul 08 |  African
Eagles aims high
01 Mar 06 |  Watford


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