Report: Burnley join Hull as favourites to sign Reading midfielder Oliver Norwood

Reading's Oliver Norwood applauds fans

Burnley, Hull City and Swansea City have been linked with Reading’s Oliver Norwood.

Reading's Oliver Norwood applauds fans

According to Sky Sports, Burnley and Hull City are the favourites to sign Oliver Norwood.

The report claims that the Reading midfielder has attracted strong interest from a number of Premier League clubs but it is recently promoted duo Hull and Burnley who lead the way.

The Northern Ireland international established himself this past season as one of the outstanding midfielders in the Championship, scoring three goals and adding eight assists from 43 league starts.

Reading's Oliver Norwood and Walsall's Rico Henry in action

Hull and Burnley will know all about his capabilities from facing the Royals over the past ten months, yet they aren’t alone in their interest as Swansea City and Bournemouth are also said to be keen.

Having said that, the newly-promoted duo are the frontrunners to sign Norwood this summer and Reading could be forced to sell what with the player’s contract set to expire in 12 months time.

Burnley will be on the lookout for a new midfielder this summer following Joey Barton’s switch to Rangers, and Norwood makes plenty of sense as the player was born within miles of Turf Moor.

Reading's Oliver Norwood in action with Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye

Hull, on the other hand, will be keen to bolster their ranks as Steve Bruce’s side look to avoid a repeat of their Premier League relegation during the 2014/15 campaign.

The report goes on to say that Norwood is unlikely to make a move until after the European Championships this summer where Northern Ireland will participate after remarkably topping their qualifying group.

Wales' George Williams in action with Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood and Paddy McNair

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