Premier League side Burnley have been forced into making a bigger bid for Barnsley defender Marc Roberts after Birmingham City made an approach for the player, according to Sunday’s print edition of The Sun.

It is understood that Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been keep on signing Roberts for a while and was eyeing a bargain for the defender.  However, he has now been forced to bid £5 million for the player after Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp also made an approach recently.

Roberts began his career in the lower leagues of English football, having spells with Wakefield, Worksop Town and Buxton before signing for Conference Premier side Halifax Town in 2013.  He spent two seasons with the club, making 93 appearances in all competitions and scoring an impressive 10 goals.  This led to a move to League One club Barnsley in 2015.

The defender won promotion to the Championship in his first season with Barnsley and helped to keep the team in the league this season.  He also became first-team captain in January of this year, following Conor Hourihane’s move to Aston Villa.

Roberts has made 85 appearances for Barnsley in two seasons at the club, scoring five goals along the way.  However, he could decide to move on this summer with Premier League sides interested.

It is understood that Roberts is looking for Premier League wages and already knows the wages he would be paid by Birmingham should he choose to sign for the club.

Newly-promoted Huddersfield Town are also believed to be interested in signing Roberts this summer.  However, they could be put off paying a big transfer fee and wages as the defender would not be a guaranteed starter at the club.

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