By Amir Mir
Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood is attracting the interest of Burnley, according to a reliable journalist.
Bleacher Report’s transfer expert Dean Jones has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Premier League club are trying to sign the 26-year-old Championship player.
Steve Bruce has added three midfielders to his squad during the January transfer window, which will most likely result in Westwood falling down the Villa Park pecking order.
Burnley are now trying to sign Ashley Westwood from Aston Villa.
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) January 30, 2017
He now has to compete with Mile Jedinak, Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane, Birki Bjarnason, Gary Gardner and at times Jack Grealish for a first-team spot.
Westwood has played 23 Championship games this season but he has failed to score a goal or provide a single assist.
He has been on the bench for two of the last five matches and featured against Preston last time out after first choice Jedinak was sidelined through injury.
The former League Two player joined the Midlands side from Crewe in 2012 under then-manager Paul Lambert.
Football Insider verdict:
This is a player Bruce must sell because Westwood has been part of Villa’s problematic midfield in recent seasons. He fails to provide the team with any defensive strength nor attacking ability. Westwood keeps the ball ticking in the middle of the park in a simple fashion which has caused the team many problems. Now, the club have the chance of selling him and Bruce must take up that option. The promotion-chasing team have made three midfield additions during the January window and Bruce now has a significant amount of players to help him fight for a promotion spot for the rest of the Championship campaign. At this moment in time, they have six midfielders to choose from and could do with offloading some players from the wage bill. Westwood won’t be missed by the Villa fans.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, this Premier League ace is set to undergo a medical at the club with this deal in place.