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10th Oct, 2016 | 8:33pm

BBC journalist: Aston Villa eye Premier League alternative to Bruce and Clarke

By Will Butcher

Aston Villa are considering a move for Burnley manager Sean Dyche, according to a reliable journalist.

Villa chiefs are currently weighing up the idea of moving for Premier League boss, and Dyche is reportedly at the top of their list to replace Roberto Di Matteo if they are willing to pay compensation.

BBC journalist Pat Murphy revealed on his personal Twitter account that Villa “like Dyche”, despite the difficulty in prising a manager out of English top flight.

Murphy also pointed out the added complication of Villa failing in a move for Dyche and then making Bruce or Clarke aware they were not the first choice for the post.

This comes after reports have suggested that former Hull City and Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce is edging towards a move to the Midlands giants.

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The Daily Mail claim that Bruce is already drawing up his backroom staff, and is eyeing up Manchester United’s reserve manager Warren Joyce as his assistant.

Villa have been rumoured with moves for plenty of managers who are currently employed. The likes of Brentford’s Dean Smith, Bristol City’s Lee Johnson and Huddersfield’s David Wagner have all been touted to fill the vacant managerial hotseat.

A move for Dyche would be a surprising one, with the former Watford boss currently enjoying life with Burnley in the Premier League following a hugely impressive Championship campaign last year that saw them gain promotion as champions.

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