Burnley reportedly plan to step up their pursuit of Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
According to a report from The Sun, Burnley plan to make a £2.6 million bid for Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell with Tom Heaton closing in on his move to Aston Villa.
Peacock-Farrell’s future has been in a little doubt for some time. He lost his place as first-choice to Kiko Casilla after the Spaniard’s arrival during the January transfer window, and he insisted at the start of the summer – in comments reported by the Sky Sports – that he had no plans to stay if he was not going to be playing regularly.
The Northern Ireland international has been injured for much of pre-season, and that has seen Casilla get the chance to stake a good claim to keep the gloves for the upcoming campaign.
But it now appears that Peacock-Farrell could end up fighting for the number one spot elsewhere. The Sun reports that the Clarets are plotting a bid with Heaton on the verge of completing an £8 million switch to Villa Park.
It remains to be seen what the Leeds hierarchy make of the offer, but it would be a surprise if they felt that the Premier League side had made an acceptable bid for the 22-year-old.
Peacock-Farrell endured a mixed first full season in the first-team and rarely featured following the turn of the year. But he is still a very talented stopper and has a lot of potential.
Leeds can afford to let him leave if Casilla can step up. They have a number of talented goalkeepers in their ranks, and the club may decide that it may be worth the gamble to let him move on.
But the board will surely need to brace themselves for plenty of criticism if they accept what looks set to be Burnley’s opening offer.