Championship side AFC Bournemouth are eyeing a potential move for Burnley goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, according to the Mail Online.
Scott Parker’s side have lost experience stopper Asmir Begovic to Everton in recent days, with the Cherries remaining in the Championship and potentially unable to pay out on the Bosnian’s wages after joining them in the top flight back in 2017.
They were thought to have struck a deal with Newcastle United to bring in Freddie Woodman and he was set to undergo a medical – but with the Magpies’ first-choice stopper Martin Dubravka returning from the European Championships with a foot injury – Steve Bruce may require last season’s Swansea City loanee to remain at St James’ Park.
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With this uncertainty over Woodman and Parker only having Mark Travers and Will Dennis available as senior options at the Vitality Stadium, they will be desperate to bring in a goalkeeper with a considerable amount of Championship experience before their opening fixture against West Bromwich Albion next month.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who became a regular at Leeds United during the 2018/19 season before Kiko Casilla’s arrival, joined Burnley in 2019 but has only made eight appearances in two years and finds himself behind England international Nick Pope in the pecking order.
With this, the Northern Irishman will be desperate to play more first-team football, especially after seeing former Welsh international Wayne Hennessey arrive in Lancashire earlier this week.
Peacock-Farrell is also subject of interest from third-tier side Sheffield Wednesday – but could find a move back to the Championship hard to resist with the Cherries likely to be competing for promotion again next term.
It’s currently unclear as to whether this could be a loan or a permanent move.
The 24-year-old has only played a very limited amount of football at Burnley in the previous two years and it may take him some time to get into the swing of playing every week again.
His four Premier League appearances at the back end of last season could have helped with that – but Parker may want to take him on trial and take a good look at him in training before deciding on whether he’s a suitable candidate to be Begovic’s replacement.
With the Bosnian 34-year-old proving to be a reliable option in the last couple of years, his departure is a blow but probably necessary for the club’s financial health.
Peacock-Farrell could be a good option after impressing at Leeds, but it would be worth Bournemouth seeing the 24-year-old in action before they make a decision on him.