Aston Villa look to have a real chance of landing midfielder Jackson Irvine from Sky Bet Championship rivals Burton Albion this summer with The Brewers admitting that they may struggle to keep the player according to the Birmingham Mail.

The 24-year-old Melbourne born midfielder has enjoyed an impressive first season in English football with the player netting 10 goals in 43 appearances for Burton Albion since joining them from Scottish Premiership club Ross County last summer.

Irvine’s good performances have not gone unnoticed with Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce believed to want to sign the Australian ace while Villa’s Sky Bet Championship rivals Derby County, Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers are also thought to be tracking the player.

Villa’s hopes of signing the player have received a huge boost with Burton Albion admitting that they may not be able to hold on to Irvine and should a suitable offer be submitted, the midfielder is likely to be permitted to leave The Pirelli Stadium.

Irvine started his career in his homeland with Frankston Pines before being snapped up by Glasgow giants Celtic. The player made just one senior appearance for The Bhoys and joined Ross County in July 2015 following a successful loan deal in The Highlands.

After helping The Staggies to the Scottish League Cup, Irvine signed for Burton Albion in July 2016 for a transfer fee of just £330,000 and the player has been one of the signings of last summer.

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