Clarets Transfer Talk
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa)
Ashley Westwood could be heading for the exit door at Villa Park this summer, with newly-promoted Burnley ready to offer him an instant return to the Premier League.
Reports in both the Express & Star and Lancashire Telegraph, that Sean Dyche has made an enquiry about the Aston Villa midfielder and the club are set to make a formal bid.
However the player would have to take a cut in his £35,000 a week wage demands. Westwood joined Aston Villa for £2million from Crewe Alexandra in 2013. New boss Roberto Di Matteo will wait until pre-season before making any decisions on his current squad, though Westwood is likely to be among those he would ideally like to keep.
Oliver Norwood (Reading)
Northern Ireland midfielder Oliver Norwood is refusing to let transfer talk divide his focus at Euro 2016. The Reading player has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Bournemouth, Hull, Burnley and Swansea all reportedly looking at the 25-year-old.
But with Northern Ireland currently preparing for a historic clash against Wales in the first knockout round of Euro 2016, the former Manchester United trainee is refusing to take his eye off the prize.
Speaking about transfers stories and Euro 2016 Norwood said, “I’m playing in Euros 2016, I’m just enjoying the experience and the buzz of playing at this level. How could you let your mind wander on to other things, whatever happens to me will take care of itself.
For me this is about having a good tournament and giving everything I can for Northern Ireland, like I have done in every single game. I want to embrace this tournament fully because in years to come we want to be talked about for what we’ve done here and you can only do that by being fully focused on what you’re doing.”