Report: Burnley still want Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker despite signing contract extension

Nathan Baker and Ryan Mason

Burnley still want to sign Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker on loan.

According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Burnley are still interested in signing Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker - despite the player signing a new contract on Friday.

Baker, 24, has come up through the ranks at Aston Villa having joined as a 13-year-old, and has racked up almost 100 first team appearances for the club as one of the most recent products of the Villa academy.

On Friday, Baker tied his future to Villa, with the club announcing on their official website that the centre back has signed a new four-year contract extension to remain at Villa Park.

The move had seemingly put an end to speculation that Baker could leave Villa, with the Daily Mail reporting that Championship club Burnley were hoping to sign Baker in a £2m deal.

However, the Lancashire Telegraph report that whilst Baker is staying at Villa for years to come, Burnley are still hoping to sign Baker on loan as a replacement for captain Jason Shackell, who re-joined former club Derby County last month.

Villa have the likes of Micah Richards, Ciaran Clark, Jores Okore, Philippe Senderos and Jose Crespo in contention for starting roles in Tim Sherwood's defence, Villa may be willing to send Baker out on loan to get first team football.

A move so soon after his contract extension is unlikely, but Burnley are clearly keen on the player - and a loan deal may be the best compromise for all in this particular transfer saga.

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