Clarets show interest in Drinkwater

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Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been charged by police with drink-driving after a car crash in the early hours of Monday.

Burnley are the latest Premier League club to show an interest in signing Chelsea outcast Danny Drinkwater.

It is easy to forget that the 29-year-old was an integral member of Leicester’s title-winning team from the 2015-16 season and there was a lot of discontent when he was not included in England’s subsequent squad for Euro 2016.

Another stellar season at Leicester, where he helped the Foxes reach the Champions League quarter-finals, followed for Drinkwater who went on to secure a £35million move to Chelsea.

The former Manchester United youngster featured sporadically during his first season at Stamford Bridge but was only used once by Maurizio Sarri last term in the Community Shield and has subsequently become a forgotten man in west London.

 

It certainly does not look like Drinkwater has a future at Chelsea and, with the transfer window set to close on Thursday evening, he will have to move quickly if he is to secure a transfer away from the club.

Norwich and Brighton have been credited with an interest in the England international but it appears Burnley have now entered the race and a move to Turf Moor could be of interest to the Manchester-born midfielder.

Drinkwater knows Clarets boss Sean Dyche well, as the duo worked together during a brief spell at Watford at the start of the decade and he will fancy his chances of forcing his way into the Burnley line-up ahead of the likes of Ashley Westwood and Jeff Hendrick.

One stumbling block for the Lancashire side, as well as the other Premier League clubs said to be interested, is that Drinkwater is reportedly earning £100,000 per-week in wages.

Realistically, he cannot expect to earn anywhere near that much at his next club as his stock has fallen over the last few years, but he is still likely to want a substantial wage, which may put off a number of potential suitors.

Burnley are certainly known to run a tight financial ship and, if Drinkwater’s demands prove too high, they do have alternative targets including Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill, who is believed to be valued at £15million and is also interesting Sheffield United.

A move for former midfielder David Jones remains unlikely, however, despite the fact the 34-year-old has been training with the Clarets over recent weeks following his release by Sheffield Wednesday.

Jones made over 130 appearances for Burnley during his previous three-year spell which ended in 2016.

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