Mansfield Town accept offer for Luke O’Neill from Burnley

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NMAC11-2124-22''Luke O'Neill

STAGS defender Luke O’Neill is in contract discussions with Burnley after Paul Cox accepted a fee for the former Leicester City right back, the club has confirmed.

Cox is resigned to losing the 20-year-old, but says that the fee received from his sale will be used to strengthen the squad.

Speaking at a press meeting today, the Stags’ boss said: “Luke will be leaving. An offer was accepted from Burnley.

“A lot of people will see it as ‘we should be keeping our best players,’ but unless you’re Manchester United, Barcelona or Real Madrid, you’re a selling club.

“The offer [received] matched our value of Luke and the Chairman (John Radford) has said that the money we receive can be used to spend on players.

“It’s a move that will suit all parties. We will have a decent fee and Burnley will have a good player,” he added.

O’Neill made 44 league appearances in an impressive debut season with us last term.

Meanwhile, Cox revealed that four of Mansfield’s youth players are set to sign professional deals.

Said Cox: “Things have to be finalised, but I’m looking to take four players into the first team next season.

“We want kids from our area coming through into the senior team. There’s nothing better from the supporters’ point of view than seeing players in the first team who are home grown.”

The club are likely to reveal the identity of the four players later next week.