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McDonald completes Burnley switch

Kevin McDonald in action for Scotland U21s
McDonald is a player Burnley boss Owen Coyle knows well

Burnley have signed midfielder Kevin McDonald on a three-year deal after agreeing a fee with Dundee.

Burnley boss Owen Coyle had two previous bids for the 19-year-old rejected but finally succeeded with an offer that could rise to 500,000.

"Kevin ticked every box we were looking at," Coyle told the club website.

"He is 6ft, 3in, mobile, has a great physique and we feel we can make him even better in a good Burnley team for years to come."

The Scotland Under-21 international scored 11 goals in the Scottish First Division last season and had a year of his Dens Park contract to run.

"It's always important for a club like us to generate revenue but in terms of the playing side it's a big loss," Dundee manager Alex Rae told BBC Sport.

"Last year he was the driving force for us and I think he's a fantastic talent who can go the whole way."

West Brom, Plymouth and Crystal Palace have all been credited with an interest in the powerful teenager and Rae was critical of the advice McDonald was given.

"I was getting phone calls from bigger clubs than Burnley and it's disappointing that the agent doesn't even bother weighing up all the options," added Rae.

"I think it's a bit naive. I think the guy got a little star-struck and he's not done his client any justice."


Coyle has kept a close eye on McDonald for a number of years and is delighted to have secured his signature.

"I have known Kevin since he made his debut at 16, when he played against my team, St Johnstone.

"I could not have been more impressed by a young man who has developed each year into a fine footballer."

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