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Roker Roundup: Jimmy Dunne permanent transfer? & Hartlepool teenager linked with Sunderland move

Could Jimmy Dunne be available for a permanent transfer to Sunderland in the summer? Plus, a promising teenager playing for Hartlepool has been linked with a move to Sunderland and a host of other clubs.

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Burnley hint at permanent Dunne move

Premier League outfit Burnley are hoping to improve their homegrown options by expanding their academy so it meets the Category 1 criteria.

While discussing those aims, the Lancashire club’s technical director Mike Rigg has said the club want to bring through another player - like recent England under-21 international Dwight McNeill - or sell youngsters for a profit, to which Rigg gave on-loan defender Jimmy Dunne as an example:

A big part is to go to Category 1 with the Academy.

We want to be one of the best Academies in the country, but we can’t spend what Manchester City spend, so we’ve got to do what’s right for us. If we get a Dwight McNeil in the team, or a Jimmy Dunne is [potentially] sold to Sunderland, that’s achieved the objective.

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Pools youngster linked

Sunderland have been linked with a move for teenage Hartlepool United midfielder Conner Rennison.

According to TeamTalk, we have joined in the chase for the highly rated 16-year-old by Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, Leeds United, Bristol City, Barnsley, Hull City and Portsmouth, who are all showing interest in a player who has been likened to our own Lee Cattermole.

However the Hartlepool Mail reported that the interest from Newcastle and Boro is not serious ‘at this stage’.

Kimpioka’s debut goal

Sunderland’s Benjamin Kimpioka came on as a late substitute on Friday, as he made his Sweden under-21 debut in his side’s 2-0 defeat to Russia.

The 19-year-old forward made his full debut yesterday and marked the occasion with the winner in a 2-1 win over Scotland under-21s.

Kimpioka lined up alongside Joel Asoro for the Swedes and you can watch his winning goal - as well as highlights of the game - in the video below (Kimpioka’s goal is at the one minute mark).

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