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Aston Villa star man linked with Premier League switch

Premier League strugglers Burnley are weighing up a late move for Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The Nantwich-born playmaker has been a staple in the Villa side this season, having made 23 league appearances during the campaign, but is yet to score or create a single goal so far.

And with Steve Bruce bringing three central midfielders to the club this month, in Conor Hourihane, Henri Lansbury and Birkir Bjarnason, it is speculated that the 29-year-old could be on his way out of Villa Park before tomorrow’s deadline.

However, with the player still having several years remaining on his contract, and with such a short time left to find an immediate replacement, it remains to be seen whether or not a bid from Burnley would be accepted at this late stage in the transfer window.

Sean Dyche’s side have been linked with Westwood a number of times previously, but a move never came to fruition for the Lancashire club.

He began his career in the lower leagues with Crewe Alexandra, rising through the club’s youth ranks, and went on to make 123 appearances for the Railwaymen, scoring fourteen times in the process.

His impressive form for Crewe earned him a deadline day move to Villa Park in 2012, joining the then-Premier League side for a fee in the region of £2 million.

Since then he has established himself as a key member of the Villa side, and has made over 140 appearances in a claret and blue shirt since joining.

Steve Bruce’s side take on Brentford away from home on Tuesday evening, as they look to return to winning ways in the league following a 2-2 draw to Preston North End in their last outing.

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