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No full-time clause in Burke loan move

5th January 2019, 12:56 by Aidan Perkins

West Brom say midfielder Oliver Burke will not be joining Celtic permanently after making a move on loan for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old joined West Brom from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in the summer of 2017 for a fee reported to be around £15million, but he has fallen down the pecking order under Baggies head coach Darren Moore.

Burke has made only three substitute appearances in the Sky Bet Championship this season and he will get the chance to kick-start his career under Brendan Rodgers in Glasgow.

However, West Brom's sporting and technical director Luke Dowling ruled out a permanent switch for the Kirkcaldy-born Burke, capped five times by Scotland.

"To be fair to Oli, there have been a lot of changes at the club since his arrival which have not helped him," Dowling told the Baggies' website.

"The opportunity to join a club of Celtic's stature on loan was felt by everyone to be the best pathway to help develop his career.

"Oli liked what Celtic had to offer and he has obviously got the opportunity to play on a great stage which should be of benefit to him.

"I would stress that there is no 'option to buy' clause at the end of the loan and he will be back with us at the end of the season."

Burke is joining up with Celtic's squad in Dubai this week for their winter training camp.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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