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Burnley eyeing transfer move for Championship star who was subject of big January interest



Premier League side Burnley are weighing up a move for Brentford’s impressive centre back Chris Mepham, according to the Sunday Mirror (March 18th, page 65).

Mepham is a product of the Brentford academy, but also has experience as a Chelsea youth.

He spent four years at Stamford Bridge, from the age of 10 to 14, before moving to Griffin Park.

This season the 20-year old has emerged as a first team prospect, making 11 starts, the first of which came in the EFL Cup against Norwich in August.

Mepham has already turned heads at the highest level, Sky Sports reported that Bournemouth had a £5.5m bid turned down in January.

As he gets more first team experience his stock is only likely to rise further, meaning Burnley might have to dig deep to take the Hammersmith-born youngster to Turf Moor.

Mepham has also just won his first senior international call up for Wales, being drafted in to Ryan Giggs’ first squad for the China Cup matches due to take place this week. He’s already represented his country and U20 and U21 levels and this renewed interest in his services caps of a remarkable season for the towering defender.

The Verdict

I have a feeling Chris Mepham is a name we’re going to hear quite a lot of over the coming years. At the tender age of 20 he’s attracting lots of interest, but domestically and on the international scene. One doubts very much whether Brentford will be able to hold on to him this summer.