By Wayne Veysey

13th Jul, 2021 | 5:11pm

Sources: Burnley in pole position to beat Chelsea to Hennessey signing after talks

Burnley are in pole position to sign Wayne Hennessey following his Crystal Palace exit, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Londoners released Hennessey, 34, upon the expiration of his contract last month after seven-and-a-half years.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Burnley lead Chelsea in the chase for the free agent goalkeeper.

Talks have been held over a potential contract for the experienced Premier League performer.

Palace confirmed Hennessey’s departure on Tuesday (July 13th).

He made 132 appearances for the Eagles, with 37 clean sheets under his belt.

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Despite having three senior goalkeepers in Nick Pope, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Will Norris, Burnley are in the market for a new shot-stopper.

Northern Ireland international Peacock-Farrell, 24, has been linked with a move away from Turf Moor.

Chelsea meanwhile have Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga as their senior options between the sticks.

Both clubs view Hennessey as an affordable, experienced option that could offer cover and competition to their squads.

The Wales international started as a youth player at Manchester City but he was released in 2003.

He joined Wolves, where he made 166 appearances after breaking through the academy at Molineux.

The shot-stopper made his international debut for Wales in May 2007 and has played 96 times for his country.

Hennessey left Wolves to join Palace in January 2014 and made his debut on the final day of the 2013/14 season.

However, he played only once during the 2020/21 campaign as a thigh muscle problem blighted his campaign.

Vicente Guaita was Roy Hodgson’s first choice between the sticks, with Jack Butland his backup.

In other news, Aston Villa backed to launch big-money raid to sign Burnley star after transfer reveal.