Kit Symons sends warning to West Ham over Dan Burn pursuit

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Fulham boss Kit Symons says that the club are under no pressure to sell West Ham target Dan Burn.

West Ham United are still trying to negotiate a new contract with star defender Winston Reid, but with little progress on the 26-year-old's deal, the Hammers have to start looking for possible replacements.

Reports last weekend suggested that West Ham had been scouting Austrian centre back pairing Aleksandar Dragovic and Martin Hinteregger, but they were also allegedly interested in Fulham's Dan Burn.

Burn, 22, started his career with Darlington before making a £350,000 switch to Craven Cottage, and after loan spells with Yeovil Town and Birmingham City.

The 6ft 7in centre back is a giant of a man, and he uses that to great effect, serving as something of an immovable object when it comes to aerial battles.

With plenty of potential, it was no surprise to see West Ham linked with a £4m bid for Burn last weekend as they identify contingency plans for Reid's possible exit.

However, Fulham boss Kit Symons has warned the Hammers off pursuing Burn, saying that he is one of the key players of Fulham's future, whilst also acknowledging that the club are under no pressure to sell Burn.

"We’ve got an excellent group of young players and I want to take them forward with Fulham," said Symons. "I want to keep Dan. He’s a big part of how we play and he’s been excellent since he’s come in – he’s one of our leaders."

"We’re under no pressure to sell anyone. It’s never once been mentioned and I don’t think it will be," he added.

It remains to be seen whether West Ham continue their pursuit, but a deal which involves loaning Burn back to Fulham could be agreeable for all parties.

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