Date: 31st January 2017 at 2:12pm
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By Matt Farr

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood is on the verge of joining Premier League side Burnley.

Sky Sports revealed in their transfer centre blog on Tuesday (13:12pm) that the 26-year-old had completed his medical ahead of his proposed move to Turf Moor on deadline day.

Telegraph correspondent John Percy had reported on his personal Twitter account on Monday that the two clubs had agreed a £5million fee for the midfielder, who is now expected to call time on a mixed five-year spell at Villa Park.

Westwood has been a regular feature in the Aston Villa first-team under Steve Bruce this season, missing just four of their 27 Championship fixtures so far this term.

However, the English midfielder has come under fire from several groups of fans, who turned him into a scapegoat for their poor form in the league.

Villa have won just four of their last 10 league games, which could prove to be a major dent in their promotion hopes at the end of the season.

Westwood signed a new five-year-deal at the club in 2015, which would have seen him remain at the Midlands club until 2020, but he now looks set to join Burnley.

Football Insider verdict

Westwood is a decent defensive-minded option for Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who is perhaps favouring a strong defensive record ahead of scoring goals as their best chance of Premier League survival this season. However, they appear to have been hit by the January transfer window curse of inflated transfer fees, as £5million for Westwood appears a little steep. Villa fans are already rejoicing on social media that the club have got so much for him; but that said, Westwood looks set to earn himself another shot at the big-time with Burnley, while Villa fumble around in their second-tier mid-table obscurity.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, ahead of his proposed move to the club from Brentford, his is what Scott Hogan said about Villa at the start of the season.

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