Bayern Munich looking to scupper Newcastle United's prolonged interest in James Trafford


Newcastle United have been handed a blow in their pursuit of Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford.

The 21-year-old impressed for Burnley despite their relegation back to the Championship, with his age and Premier League experience already standing him in good stead heading into the summer.

Vincent Kompany's move to Bayern Munich has resulted in talk of the German giants perhaps looking to bring in the England Under-21 international, with Liverpool and the Magpies also known to hold a keen interest in Trafford.

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According to Football365, Bayern want to make the youngster a 'priority' when the transfer window opens, with a price of £15m already cited as the required fee to lure him away from Turf Moor. Kompany's trust in the former Manchester City man could also help in any proposed negotiations.

Trafford has been included in Gareth Southgate's provisional squad for this summer's European Championships and it is thought further experience at a senior level can better position him heading into next season.

Back at St James Park, the potential departure of Martin Dubravka is leaving Eddie Howe with work to do, with Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale cited as a potential option. The return of Nick Pope served as a huge boost but further experience between the sticks is still required with Loris Karius having left.

Current fourth-choice goalkeeper Mark Gillespie will remain at the club after a new one-year extension option in his contract was triggered earlier this year.