By Derek Smithson
Aston Villa are eyeing a move for Burnley midfielder George Boyd, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim that the Midlands giants are weighing up a second approach for the 31-year-old after failing to land him in January.
It is understood that the winger has rejected a one-year deal with Premier League side Burnley and is out of contract this summer, meaning he will now leave on a free transfer.
The report details that the Scotsman wants a three-year deal at his next side, but Villa may not be prepared to give him such a lengthy contract.
Steve Bruce’s side are expected to move for the available wide man as he looks to improve his squad for next season.
Villa are regarded as one of the favourites for promotion next season from the Championship and will need a vast improvement on their 13th-placed finish last year.
Boyd is an experienced campaigner that would give the side more options out wide and has good experience of the Championship.
The midfielder also has plenty of top-flight experience and was a regular in the Burnley team last season.
He made 39 appearances across all competitions, scoring two goals and supplying one assist in return.
Football Insider verdict:
Villa need a few additions to help complete their squad and they could be well on the way to promotion next season. Boyd seems like a great target and would be fairly risk-free due to his free transfer. The wide man would bring some great experience to Bruce’s team and the manager is clearly keen on the player. He nailed down a starting position in the Premier League last year and there is no reason he couldn’t do the same for Villa. Boyd’s greatest asset is his incredible work-rate and he will be keen to improve his goalscoring tally from last year. Villa already have several match winners in their side, but having reliable heads such as Boyd are equally as important if they want promotion.
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