By Danny Wright
Aston Villa and Wolves will battle it out to sign Burton midfielder Jackson Irvine, according to a report.
Australian news outlet SBS has claimed that Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham are also vying for the 24-year-old’s signature after a stunning debut season at the Pirelli Stadium.
Irvine scored ten goals in 42 Championship appearances this term as Villa and Wolves’ local Midlands rivals Burton went on their first venture into England’s second tier.
It is understood from SBS’s sources that the nine-times Australian international dreams of playing in the Premier League and will be “a step closer” to making that a reality if he was to move to one of the clubs that are currently interested in him.
The report also says that Irvine turned down a move to play in China during January after being offered a stunning deal worth £95,000-a-week.
Irvine only moved to Burton last summer after spending four years north of the border in Scotland.
He was signed by Celtic from Melbourne Victory in 2012 before spending loan spells at Kilmarnock and Ross County.
The central midfielder then made his move to County permanent in 2015 before he was snapped up by the Brewers.
Football Insider Verdict
Irvine has proven himself to be a very capable Championship midfielder this season and the fact that he was offered such a huge deal from a top Chinese club means that he is certainly attracting some high-profile attention. The Aussie could fit in well with Villa and play alongside international teammate Mile Jedinak in the midfield. Wolves would also prove to be a good destination although the Black Country club seem to be setting their sights on players from aboard following the arrival of Nuno Espirito Santo as manager. Derby will be the ones to watch for the West Midlands pair, as they are based very close to Burton and that could be a deciding factor.
In other Aston Villa news, a Premier League club have made a decision on Villa’s bid for this midfielder.