Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker to stay despite Burnley interest

HITC Sport understands Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker is set to sign a new contract.

Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker is set to end speculation over his future by signing a new deal at Villa Park, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Baker has been the subject of interest from Burnley this summer, as revealed by HITC Sport last week, with Sean Dyche targeting the England Under-21 international as a possible replacement for Jason Shackell following his departure to Derby County.

Burnley are understood to have tabled a £2million bid which Villa were considering, but they have now moved to tie down the 24-year-old to a new deal.

Villa boss Tim Sherwood is short of defensive options following the summer departure of Ron Vlaar and he is keen to keep hold of Baker

Baker, who joined Villa as a 13-year-old, came through the ranks at Villa Park and was part of the side that won the Premier Academy League in 2007-08 alongside the likes of Ciaran Clark, Andreas Weimann, Barry Bannan, Marc Albrighton and Chris Herd.

The centre-back, who can also operate at left-back, made his first-team debut in January 2011 and has gone on to make 88 appearances for Villa.

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