Aston Villa has been linked with a move for Burnley midfielder Josh Brownhill.

An interest in Brownhill has been attributed to Villa and her Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham United, Southampton and Crystal Palace, according to a report by the TEAMtalk website.

It was alleged that Villa explored the former Bristol City player this season with the former Manchester United apprentice who had a good season with Burnley.

Brownhill joined Sean Dyche in January last year after being linked with a move to Leicester City in the winter window last season.

He cost Burnley around £ 9 million and signed a contract through June 2024 when his move from Ashton Gate to Turf Moor was confirmed.

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Brownhill’s first professional appearances took place at Preston North End after graduating from the Deepdale Crew Academy.

He left Preston on a free transfer for The Robins in June 2016 and flourished under Lee Johnson. There he played 161 games, scored 17 goals and registered 12 assists in central midfield.

Brownhill came straight into Dyche’s starting XI after his transfer north and started 22 of Burnley’s 26 games that season.

Villa is well placed in midfield and a move for another central midfielder is unlikely with the arrival of Morgan Sanson from Olympique Marseille in January.

Dean Smith’s best midfield trio this season were Douglas Luiz, John McGinn and Ross Barkley, the latter on loan from Chelsea, but Marvelous Nakamba and Jacob Ramsey have proven to be more capable supporters.

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Talking about Brownhill, Dyche said he was happy with the player’s development and how well he had adapted to the Premier League.

“There is always a risk taking players out of the championship, but the way he is, what we saw – the Scouts were very impressed with him,” said Dyche earlier this season.

“Part of the squad mentality and the fact that we have enough body in our squad, which makes us easy, allows the players to get used to what we’re doing and Josh hasn’t been on the side in a while he has slowly developing, but when he’s got his chance, he’s actually ready.

“I was very happy, he invested a lot, he’s a great boy.”

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