Burnley are interested in signing Brentford defender Chris Mepham, according to HITC Sport.

The 20 year-old has been in fine form for Championship side Brentford this season and is being tipped for a big future.

Premier League side AFC Bournemouth reportedly had a bid of around £5.5 million turned down for him in January. The Cherries will now face competition to sign him from their top flight rivals Burnley. Brentford could face a tough battle in trying to hold onto him in the summer.

Mepham made his debut in January 2017 in an FA Cup game against non-league side Eastleigh. Since the start of this season he has been a first-team regular for the Griffin Park side.

After selling their captain Harlee Dean to Championship rivals Birmingham City in August, Brentford have given Mepham a regular slot in their starting eleven and he has grasped this opportunity with both hands. He signed a new five-year deal with the Bees in August, which could make a move harder for Burnley.

Mepham, who can also play right-back as well as centre-back, played in Chelsea’s academy as a youngster before moving to Brentford at the age of 14. He impressed at all youth ages for the Bees and was named their “B Team Player of the Season” in the last campaign.

Brentford fans will be over the moon that they have a local youngster playing so well for them in their first-team. However, with most young players doing well there are always going to be transfer rumours. They will be hoping that they can see off any interest in him.



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