Could Burnley enter race to sign Bristol City's Aden Flint?

Burnley's English manager Sean Dyche arrives for the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on January 20,...

One of Flint's old bosses is now on the staff at Burnley.

Aden Flint and Marlon Pack of Bristol City looks dejected in defeat after the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg match between Bristol City and Manchester City at Ashton Gate on January 23,...

Is it only a matter of time before Burnley show interest in Aden Flint - the defender who was subject to a failed bid from Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday, after his exploits for Bristol City this season?

Although not urgent, Burnley's lack of options in Flint's position may soon need addressing. Ben Mee and James Tarkowski have occupied the two centre-back slots for most of the campaign, with Kevin Long - a player with more experience in England's fourth tier than in any other division - occasionally filling in for the pair.

Michael Keane has yet to be replaced - externally, at least - following his £25 million move to Everton last July, while a fourth option is certainly required if Burnley are to add continental fixtures to next season's schedule.

Michael Keane of Everton during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Everton FC and Atalanta at Goodison Park on November 23, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

With Mee and Tarkowski said to have gained admirers of their own in recent months, it is not entirely out of the question, either, that Sean Dyche could be robbed of another key defender this summer.

And given that Flint was managed by Dyche's long-term ally - and Turf Moor employee - Nicky Law at Alfreton Town, it would come as little surprise were Burnley to move for the 28-year-old.

14 Apr 2001:  Nicky Law, manager of Chesterfield looks on during the the Nationwide Division Three match between Chesterfield and Kidderminster Harriers at Saltergate, Chesterfield,...

Doing it now would ensure that Flint - who has no experience whatsoever of Premier League football - is fully bedded in for next season. Not that he needs much practice - as this campaign's showings against Watford, Stoke, Crystal Palace and both Manchester clubs suggest.

Bristol City player Aden Flint (l)  scores the second City goal during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final: Second Leg match between Bristol City and Manchester City at Ashton Gate on January 23,...

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