Report: Aston Villa's 26-year-old midfielder interesting Championship frontrunners if promoted

Burnley are thought to be keen on adding Ashley Westwood to the top flight if they secure promotion.

Ashley Westwood has become the latest Aston Villa player to be linked with a move away this summer as they prepare for life outside the top flight, with TEAMtalk reporting that the midfielder is a target for Burnley if the Lancashire side win promotion to the Premier League.

Westwood is a player who has divided the Villa fanbase in his four years at the club, with some supporters still dubious as to whether he has the quality necessary to be a successful Premier League player.

However, he has looked like one of the players who genuinely cares about the club's plight this term, and he boosted his credentials by scoring twice - his first goals in two years - in the 4-2 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday.

He has been tipped to become a more important player than ever before for the club at Championship level next season if he stays, but TEAMtalk reports that he is a prime target for Sean Dyche should Burnley achieve promotion.

Th Clarets are currently top of the Championship only on goal difference in an intense race for automatic promotion, with themselves, Middlesbrough and Brighton & Hove Albion all locked together on 87 points in the battle for the two spots.

It is clear to see why Westwood would be an attractive target for Burnley - since arriving from Crewe Alexandra in 2012, the midfielder has racked up 134 appearances for the club, 121 of which have come in the Premier League.

With that kind of experience of playing in a team battling to avoid relegation four years in a row, and his quiet, tidy approach to the game in the middle of the park, Westwood could be both a strong addition to the Burnley side and a big loss for Villa as they face up to the harsh reality of second-tier football for the first time in three decades.

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