Everton right-back Jonjoe Kenny is reportedly open to leaving Goodison Park in search of first-team football, according to Lancashire Live.
The Toffees academy graduate is believed to be on Burnley’s radar, Sean Dyche apparently a long-term admirer of the former England Under-21 international.
Burnley are in need of reinforcements at right-back with both Phil Bardsley and Matt Lowton out of contract in the summer.
The Lancs Live report says the Clarets have not made an offer for Kenny, but he said to be a target, and in turn the 23-year-old is ready to make the next step in his career.
Kenny has struggled to break into Carlo Ancelotti’s side this term, making just seven appearances in all competitions.
He enjoyed a fruitful loan at Bundesliga side Schalke last season, making 34 appearances in all competitions including 31 in the league.
“I can tell you what, he is already close to becoming a fan favourite here in our stadium,” former Schalke boss David Wagner told i News last September.
“He has done an amazing job so far and scored a wonderful goal against [Hertha] Berlin. He is, for sure, one of the best signings which we have made this summer.”
Former Everton winger Aaron Lennon is also a huge fan of Kenny’s, as per his interview with the Toffees website – via Royal Blue Mersey – in 2017.
“Jonjoe has been unbelievable,” he said. “From the moment I came here, I’ve always liked Jonjoe.
“I’ve always thought he’s a great professional and a great player. Since he stepped in, he’s been unbelievable.”
It’s a shame that Kenny has endured a difficult time at Everton this term, particularly given how well he did at Schalke last season.
However, you can’t really argue with Ancelotti’s decisions this season, with the club sitting pretty in the Premier League’s top four, just four points off the summit, and still in the FA Cup.
Kenny should definitely move on for his career’s sake, and Burnley, a Premier League team with a hard-working and respected manager, could be a good shout.