Burnley close on Brighton's Dale Stephens

Brighton's Dale Stephens celebrates after he scores their first goal

HITC Sport understands Burnley are closing in on a top midfield target.

Dale Stephens celebrates after scoring the first goal for BrightonDale Stephens celebrates after scoring the first goal for Brighton

Burnley are closing in on the signing of long-term midfield target Dale Stephens from Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Dale Stephens, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Burnley have been chasing Stephens all summer as Clarets boss Sean Dyche is keen to add the player to his squad as they prepare for life back in the Premier League.

Dale Stephens celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal for BrightonDale Stephens celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal for Brighton

Brighton have already rejected three bids from Burnley for Stephens, while Crystal Palace are also keen on the midfielder, but sources have told HITC Sport that a deal is now close to being finally agreed.

Burnley have made an improved offer for Stephens and Brighton are now reluctantly ready to accept the bid to allow the player to make the move to Turf Moor.

Brighton's Dale Stephens celebrates after he scores their first goalBrighton's Dale Stephens celebrates after he scores their first goal

Stephens is regarded as one of the best midfielders outside the Premier League after impressing for Brighton over the last couple of seasons.

The former Charlton star was almost an ever-present for Brighton last season in the Championship as they narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

Burnley are in the market for midfield reinforcements after seeing Joey Barton leave for Rangers this summer and they hope to wrap up a deal for Stephens in time for him to play in this weekend's Premier League opener against Swansea City.

Dale Stephens celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal for BrightonDale Stephens celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal for Brighton

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