Date: 15th July 2009 at 11:19am
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The Clarets have now signed 20 year old Manchester United full-back Richard Eckersley.



Richard Eckersley is a versatile defender.

The Salford born and bred full-back is predominantly a right-sided player but is also comfortable at left-back.

Eckersley was out of contract at Old Trafford and turned down a new deal wanting more regular first-team action in the Premier League despite being on the verge of breaking through into the Red Devils first team.

Coyle only recently said:

“I`m well aware that Richard Eckersley is a fantastically talented player. He`s a Manchester United player, so that tells you all you need to know. He`s played in the first team there so there`s no doubt he`s a very talented player. As regarding anything concrete, I`ve got no comment at this time.”

Well now he might have some comments to make with the lad signing for Burnley today in a four year deal. He will wear the Number 17 shirt.

The Clarets are now in discussion with Manchester United to finalise a compensation package and agree a fee due to the player’s age.

Eckersley came through Manchester United’s Academy after signing for them as a youth player in 2005.

His first team debut finally came in January 2009 in an FA Cup clash at home to Tottenham Hotspur when he came on as a 53rd minute substitute.

Eckersley will now join former United colleague, Chris Eagles at Turf Moor.