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Burnley have made their fifteenth signing in this transfer window with the arrival of striker Halil Dervişoğlu on a season long loan from Brentford.

Dervişoğlu becomes our fourth loan signing this summer, to add to Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Ian Maatsen and Nathan Tella. He’s a striker who will add to the competition up front and is highly rated at Brentford although, as yet, he’s not been able to make a breakthrough into their first team.

Although born in the Netherlands, he’s of Turkish descent and has opted to represent Turkey internationally, but he started his career in the Netherlands with Sparta Rotterdam as a 10-year-old, a club former Clarets David Loggie and Peter Robinson have played for.

He broke into the first team at Sparta in May 2018 in the relegation play-offs, which were lost, and then went on to play a key role in promotion  a year later, and although he signed a pre-contract with Brentford in August 2019, he remained a regular until he moved to Griffin Park at the beginning of January 2020.

Unable to force his way into the first team reckoning at Brentford, he’s been out on loan on three occasions. He returned to the Netherlands to play for Twente in 2020 and has since enjoyed two loans in Turkey with Galatasaray.

Able to play internationally for either the Netherlands or Turkey, he opted to play for Turkey. He played for them at both under-19 and under-21 level before making a full international debut in May 2021 in a friendly against Azerbaijan, scoring the opening goal in a 2-1 win. He’s now won thirteen full caps and has scored six goals.

Back at Brentford this season, he’s made one substitute appearance in the Premier League in their opening game at Leicester and he started in their League Cup tie at Colchester which rules him out of our game against Crawley in November.

He’s now a Clarets for the remainder of the season.

Dervişoğlu said: “I’m very happy to be here and excited. It’s a big club and I have had a very warm welcome from everybody. I spoke with the manager, and he told me about the project here, I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Vincent Kompany said: “We would like to thank Brentford for allowing us take Halil on loan for the season. “He’s a naturally gifted Turkish international, who has an instinct to score goals and will give his all to help the team this season.”

Brentford director of football Phil Giles added: “Given the options we have in attacking areas, we thought the best way for Halil to play a lot of competitive football this season was to go out on loan. This will be a different challenge to the ones he has faced so far. Burnley will be pushing for promotion and dealing with the relentlessness of the Championship. This is a great loan and a great opportunity for Halil. Burnley have made a good start to the season and Halil will be going into a highly pressurised environment. We will be carefully monitoring his progress this season and believe he will make an impact there.”

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