Sky Bet Championship side Burnley are eyeing a move for Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker, HITC Sport understands.
After losing key defender Jason Shackell to Championship rival’s Derby County yesterday, the Clarets are now on the look out for another central defender and HITC understands that this man is Nathan Baker.
The central defender certainly has similar attributes to Shackell with his large, towering presence as well as the leadership skills required to help get promotion to the Premier League.
Baker would be an ideal replacement for Shackell and would certainly help in their aims of getting promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking – however a deal is far from being completed at this stage.
The defender came through the ranks at Villa Park going onto make 88 appearances for them.
Villa may be keen to keep hold of the central defender but Sean Dyche will no doubt be doing his all to sign the former England under-21 international.
At the age of 24, Baker still has plenty of years of professional football ahead of him, so he could turn out to be a very astute bit of business for the Clarets.
Burnley fans… Do you think Baker would be a good replacement for Shackell? Are you disappointed to lose Shackell? Can Baker help you achieve promotion back to the Premier League? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!