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Queens Park Rangers and Burnley target Scott Twine could move on a free transfer this summer after turning down the chance to extend his stay at Swindon Town, as reported by the Portsmouth News. 

After the Robins were relegated from League One after just one season back in the third tier, it always felt unlikely that one of the division’s most gifted attacking midfielders would be sticking around at the County Ground. 

The Sun (14 April, page 61) reported that Twine could be set for a massive step up the footballing ladder, with QPR and Premier League stalwarts Burnley both interested in the 21-year-old. 

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Twine, an exciting talent with an eye for the spectacular and a rocket of a shot in his locker, produced 14 goals and nine assists in 2020/21, impressing during a loan spell at Newport County in the first half of the campaign. 

According to reports from the South Coast, Portsmouth are hoping to keep Twine in League One after narrowly missing out on a place in the play-offs. 

Pompey’s hopes appear to have been boosted by claims that the Swindon-born midfielder will leave his hometown club on a free transfer.  

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The News claim that Twine has turned down a new contract though, speaking to the Swindon Advertiser, the man himself was at pains to point out that, as it stands, no decision has been made just yet. 

“I’m not thinking about my career right now, it’s six or so weeks until June so I’m going to focus on getting myself fit first,” Twine explained. 

“I don’t see why I couldn’t go back to League Two – I just love playing football. 

“I’ve played a lot over the last year, and even though it’s been very frustrating because of where we are in the league, there’s nothing better than being on the pitch. 

“There is something on the table that I’ve got to think about over the next few weeks. It’s not been a good season, but I enjoy it at Swindon, so we’ll see what’s going to happen.” 

Could Twine turn down the chance to be a squad player at Burnley or QPR in order to remain a big fish in a relatively small pond? 

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