By Dylan Childs

6th Aug, 2020 | 10:18am

Exclusive: Burton Albion & MK Dons race to land 24-yr-old, set to sign next week

MK Dons and Burton Albion have moved one step closer to signing Dundalk midfielder Jordan Flores, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 24-year-old has turned down Dundalk’s latest contract offer and looks set to return to England.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the attacking midfielder is now set to sign a pre-contract with a League One club next week and it is expected to be one of MK Dons or Burton.

Flores is out of contract at the end of this calendar year and will likely leave on a free transfer.

This site revealed The Dons and Brewers interest in the English midfielder last month with both sides holding talks with the player’s representatives.

He has scored two goals in five league appearances for Dundalk this season, one of which went viral in February when he netted a sensational strike against Shamrock Rovers.

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The effort even earned him a nomination for the FIFA Puskas award.

Burton boss Jake Buxton knows Flores from their time at Wigan together, with the latter having risen up the youth ranks at the recently relegated side.

He made his debut for the Latics in May 2015 and went on to make 12 first-team appearances across all competitions before a number of loan spells.

A temporary move to Blackpool in January 2017 was followed by loan spells at Chesterfield, AFC Fylde and Swedish outfit Ostersunds FK.

In January 2019 he joined Dundalk on a permanent deal and put pen to paper on a two-year deal.

MK Dons struggled to 19th place in League One last season and Russell Martin will be keen to bolster his squad this summer.

Flores, who is a forward-thinking midfield player, could provide much needed creative spark to a Dons side that scored the third least goals in League One last season.

In other League One news, it can be REVEALED that Bristol Rovers are closing in on the signing of Coventry City midfielder after three-year deal is agreed.