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Newcastle complete £13m Dan Burn transfer from Brighton as Eddie Howe overhauls defence for Prem survival bid

NEWCASTLE have completed a £13million deal for Brighton defender Dan Burn.

The giant 6ft 7in centre-back will beef up Eddie Howe’s backline after becoming the latest ace to sign for mega-rich Toon.

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Dan Burn has left Brighton for Newcastle in a £13m dealCredit: PA

Burn is the third defender to join Newcastle this month after right-back Kieran Trippier and left-back Matt Targett.

Toon had two prior bids rejected but finally made a breakthrough yesterday to bring the Northumberland-born Burn back to the North East.

It comes as a major boost to Magpies boss Howe, who saw strengthening at centre-back as a priority at the start of the window.

And after failing to secure Lille’s Sven Botman and Sevilla’s Diego Carlos, Howe will be relieved to get a new recruit in the door – particularly one with considerable Premier League experience.

Albion were not actively looking to sell Burn, who has been in fabulous form this season and who brilliantly shackled Romelu Lukaku in Brighton’s two recent draws with Chelsea.

But they would not stand in the way of his desire to move back to his boyhood club, where he is expected to boost his wages significantly.

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Burn also had only 18 months left on his contract and with him turning 30 in May, the fee is deemed a good deal for the South Coast club.

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