Championship duo Aston Villa and Hull City are facing an increasingly tricky battle to land James McArthur as Premier League outfit Burnley are looking to intensify their interest in the midfielder, reports the print edition of today’s The Sun (page 61).
The 29-year-old moved to Selhurst Park back in 2014 after four years at Wigan Athletic, in which time he earned 156 appearances for the Latics and was of course part of that side which won the FA Cup at the expense of Manchester City in 2013.
And he has since gone from strength to strength with the Eagles, appearing 95 times for the club in the past three years, yet his future is far from certain following the arrival of new manager Frank de Boer.
And it appears that this uncertainty has attracted interest from many clubs around the country, with Villa and Hull reportedly interested, yet recent reports suggest that Premier League side Burnley are looking to up the ante in their pursuit of the Scotland international.
Sean Dyche’s men finished 16th in the Premier League last term and just six points clear of the bottom three, so it’s evident that reinforcements are needed ahead of the new campaign if they are again to retain their top-flight status.
And bringing an experienced midfielder like McArthur, who bagged five goals and laid on four assists last term, could be exactly what they need in their battle against the drop, and with top tier football to offer the 29-year-old, you sense that the Clarets have the edge over Villa and Hull in the race.
And that is sure to frustrate Villa boss Steve Bruce and Hull chief Leonid Slutsky, with both men seeking to bolster their squads ahead of the new Championship season, yet they now look set to face a testing battle to land McArthur this summer.
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