Transfer of £35,000-a-week Aston Villa midfielder moves step closer - reports
By Amir Mir
Ashley Westwood has moved a step closer to joining Burnley after the Premier League club’s midfielder David Jones moved to Sheffield Wednesday, according to a report.
Jones made a switch to the Championship side on Tuesday after he played the full 90 minutes of Burnley’s Premier League defeat against Swansea on Saturday.
Here is Burnley announcing the sale of Jones on their official Twitter account.
David Jones has completed a move to Sheffield Wednesday.
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) August 16, 2016
The Mirror previously reported that Westwood was a priority transfer target for Sean Dyche’s side prior to the sale of Jones.
It is said that Villa will fund the arrival of Australia international Jedinak from Crystal Palace by offloading Westwood to long-term suitors Burnley.
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Midlands newspaper The Express and Star claim the former Crewe man is currently earning in the region of £35,000-a-week at Villa Park.
But, with midfielder Jedinak on the verge of making a move to Roberto Di Matteo’s side, it will open the door for Westwood to make his move.
Westwood joined Villa in a £2million move from Crew in 2013 and signed a new five-year-deal last August.
During the 2015-16 Premier League season the combative midfielder starred in 37 fixtures across all competitions, but he was unable to help the Villains fight off relegation.
Di Matteo has sold or loaned Ciaran Clark, Scott Sinclair, Carles Gil, and Carlos Sanchez this summer as the Italian looks for an overhaul of the squad.
The Champions League winning manager has signed five players with James Chester, Ross McCormack, Aaron Tshibola, Pierluigi Gollini and Tommy Elphick all signing for a combined fee of £31 million.
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