Report: Burnley's Sean Dyche a long-term admirer of Aron Gunnarsson, who has rejected Cardiff City contract

Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Burnley at Liberty Stadium on February 10, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Gunnarsson could be a free transfer target for Burnley if Cardiff City fail to gain promotion this season.

Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Burnley at Liberty Stadium on February 10, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is a long-term admirer of Cardiff City midfielder Aron Gunnarsson, according to the Daily Mirror [March 13th, page 50].

The report claims Gunnarsson's future is dependent on Cardiff's promotion this season, after the 28-year-old turned down the Bluebirds' offer of a new contract - with his existing one due to expire in June.

And Burnley could pounce on the Iceland international for nothing if an agreement cannot be reached in the coming months.

Aron Gunnarsson of Cardiff City and Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on September 9, 2017 in...

Gunnarsson has spent the past seven years at Cardiff, to whom he moved on a free transfer from Coventry City.

He has gone on to make 250 Bluebirds appearances - including 23 in the Premier League - but missed the past three months through injury.

Johann Gudmundsson of Burnley warms up prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Southampton at Turf Moor on February 24, 2018 in Burnley, England.

Burnley stand to lose midfield duo Scott Arfield and Dean Marney at the end of their contracts this summer, and Gunnarsson, who is an international colleague of Clarets winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson, could be a useful replacement.

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