EXCLUSIVE: Burnley learn fate after launching ambitious Lyon transfer raid

Lyon full-back Maxwell Cornet playing versus Juventus

An ambitious Burnley approach for an exciting Ligue 1 left-back has been derailed after Lyon’s Maxwell Cornet has turned down a move to Turf Moor, TEAMtalk understands.

Burnley had made a move for the Ivory Coast international to bolster their left-sided options before the transfer window closes at the end of this month..

Cornet now operates primarily as a left-back, though boasts potent attacking tendencies having previously been deployed further forward earlier in his career.

He has notched 31 goals and 22 assists during his Ligue 1 tenure. He bagged two goals and five assists when pushed back onto the left side of defence last year, proving his attacking prowess cannot be contained from deep.

The 24-year-old was valued at around £13million. And Lyon have already looked to land his replacement in the shape of Chelesa’s Emerson Palmieri.

A deal on that front appears there for the making with the Italian international recently making clear his frustrations over his lack of game-time.

However, we understand that Burnley are set for disappointment with Cornet instead preferring a move to Hertha Berlin.

The Bundesliga side are also understood to be monitoring the versatile left-sided star.

Leeds make Burnley contact amid Bielsa admiration

Meanwhile, in a second exclusive, Leeds United have made enquiries over signing Burnley midfielder Josh Brownhill, TEAMtalk understands.

The 25-year-old is not short of admirers. We’ve previously revealed that West Ham boss David Moyes has watched him closely. Indeed, Moyes sees Brownhill as an ideal long-term replacement for Mark Noble.

Villa are also admirers of the midfielder, though are yet to register a firm interest.

Brownhill, though, would be difficult to prise away from the Clarets and would command a big fee. They paid £10m to prise him from Bristol City and his fee now is likely to be 50 percent higher.

However, we understand he has a huge admirer in Marcelo Bielsa. And our sources have revealed that Leeds have made contact.

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