Burton confident of Liam Boyce deal

Northern Ireland's Liam Boyce in action with New Zealand's Michael Boxall

HITC Sport understands Burton are confident of securing a deal for the Ross County striker.

Ross County's Brian Graham and Liam Boyce celebrate victoryRoss County's Brian Graham and Liam Boyce celebrate victory

Burton Albion are confident of sealing a deal for Ross County striker Liam Boyce, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

The two clubs are in advanced talks about a deal for Boyce despite Ross County rejecting Burton's opening offer for the Northern Ireland international.

Boyce, who was the top goalscorer in the Scottish Premiership last season, has a buy-out clause of £500,000 in his contract and Burton are prepared to trigger it to lure the striker to the Pirelli Stadium.

Boyce enhanced his growing reputation with his first goal for Northern Ireland in last week's friendly win over New Zealand.

Northern Ireland's Liam Boyce in action with New Zealand's Michael BoxallNorthern Ireland's Liam Boyce in action with New Zealand's Michael Boxall

Burton could face competition from Aberdeen and Hearts for Boyce with both clubs hoping to keep the 26-year-old in Scotland next season but Burton are understood to be in pole position to land the former Cliftonville man.

Boyce has one year left on his contract at Ross County and the club are resigned to losing their prize asset once his release clause is met.

Brewers boss Nigel Clough has made Boyce one of his top targets this summer as he sees him as someone who can score the goals to help the side consolidate themselves in the Championship in their second season in the second tier of English football.

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