According to the Sunday Mirror, via Sky Sports, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is targeting a summer move for Burnley midfielder George Boyd.
Well, according to the Daily Mail on Friday, the 31-year-old is said to be considering his future with the Clarets after rejecting the offer of a new one-year deal.
Boyd’s current contract at Turf Moor is due to run out this summer, and if he doesn’t put pen to paper on a new one then he will be available on a free transfer.
That news has caught the attention of Villa boss Bruce, who is looking to strengthen his team ahead of a promotion push next season after their draw against Burton Albion almost certainly condemned to another year of Championship football.
He’s done well and has helped Burnley up to their current mid-table standing.
He has been a mainstay in the side under Sean Dyche, playing in 31 of their 32 Premier League matches this term, and
he put in a man of the match performance – and scored the winning goal – in the 1-0 win against Stoke City at Turf Moor on Tuesday.
While Albert Adomah has been a regular on the right-hand side under Bruce, the manager hasn’t really had a regular
option on the left wing – especially in recent weeks.
He has been playing left-back Jordan Amavi there in a more attacking role, and would be looking for a more natural fit in the position next season.
The left-footed Boyd can play on either wing, but would likely slot in on the side of his stronger foot if he made the move to Villa Park.
If Boyd chooses to leave Burnley and is available on a free, then Villa would likely face competition from Premier League clubs for his signature.
That said, he would be guaranteed first team football at Villa Park and hopefully be part of a promotion push next term.