Report: Burnley understood to be interested in signing Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly

Manager Sean Dyche of Burnley looks on during the pre season friendly match between Preston North End and Burnley at Deepdale on July 25, 2017 in Preston, England.

The Crystal Palace defender could be moved on this summer, and a return north with Burnley could appeal.

Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly (L) fights for the ball with West Bromwich Albion midfielder Matt Phillips (R) during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Brom and...Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly (left)

Burnley are 'understood to be interested in signing' Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly, according to The Guardian.

Kelly has failed to feature in either of Palace's Premier League fixtures under Frank de Boer, and with his contract up at the end of the campaign he could be one of several players moved on as the Eagles look to 'trim a hefty wage bill'.

Frank de Boer, Manager of Crytal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park on August 12, 2017 in London, England.New Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer

Though Burnley have already strengthened in Kelly's natural position of right-back this summer, bringing in Stoke City's Phil Bardsley, the once-capped England international did occupy a central role for much of last season's run-in.

And that will likely appeal to Sean Dyche's side, who after selling Michael Keane to Everton have been left with a void to fill at the heart of their defence.

Michael Keane of Everton celebrates his goal during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Play-Offs round first leg match between Everton FC and Hajduk Split at Goodison Park on August 17,...Everton defender Michael Keane

Born around 50 miles from Burnley in Whiston, Merseyside, Kelly began his career at Liverpool before moving to Palace three years ago, and a return to the north west could appeal to the 27-year-old, should an offer materialise.

Burnley completed the club-record capture Chris Wood from Leeds United on Monday, and are closing in on a deal to sign another striker, Lorient's Abdul Majeed Waris, according to The Daily Mail (13:06).

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