The Eagles has finally landed at Turf Moor

Last updated : 29 July 2008 By Tony Scholes
Owen Coyle said there could be two new signings just ahead of the trip to America but admitted one of them was complicated. The first deal was struck that afternoon when Remco van der Schaaf completed a move from Holland and now, some three weeks later, the second of them Eagles has penned a three year deal with the Clarets in a transfer that, although undisclosed I am led to believe could go over £1.25 million.

The 22-year-old Eagles has been with Manchester United since the beginning of his football career, coming through the youth system at Old Trafford. He was initially with Watford but moved to United at the age of 14.

However, it is away from Manchester United that he has played virtually all of his first team football although it was with them that he got his first taste in a League Cup tie against Leeds at Elland Road in 2003. He came on as a substitute for Kieran Richardson in a game they won 3-2 after extra time with the winning goal scored by Eric Djemba-Djemba.

His first start came in August 2004 in a Champions League game at Old Trafford against Dinamo Bucharest but his first league action was for Watford at Wigan in a 2-2 draw in January 2005.

He was in the Watford side that lost 3-1 at Burnley that season in what was Adrian Boothroyd's first game as manager but was one of three players taken off in a triple substitution.

In the following season he went out on loan for much of it, to Sheffield Wednesday in the first half of the season and then in January he returned to Watford. Again that season he played at Burnley, and gave Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 lead on just five minutes in what proved to be his last game for them. They beat us 2-1 with Graham Coughlan getting their second.

It was out on loan again at the beginning of 2006/07. He moved to Dutch club NEC Njimegen but he returned home before Christmas after failing to get too many games. Since then he's been back at Old Trafford where his first team action has again been limited.

He's been in the United squad during the pre-season and has scored two goals for them on their recent trip to South Africa. Today he has completed his move to Burnley and joins Owen Coyle's new look Burnley squad. He could make his Burnley debut tomorrow night at Bradford City.