Burnley rival Premier League duo for wantaway midfielder as Liverpool eye shock Gini Wijnaldum replacement

Burnley face Aston Villa this evening with a point enough to take Sean Dyche’s men out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Thursday, 17th December 2020, 7:51 am

The Clarets head to Villa Park on a high after recording their first-ever top-flight victory at Arsenal on Sunday.

And while all eyes are on a busy Christmas period for Dyche’s side, there is no getting away from the January transfer window.

The winter market is just weeks away and with Burnley 18th in the table, will Dyche feel the need to strengthen his squad?

As always, we’re sharing the latest news and gossip from around the web – scroll down to see the latest:

Newcastle United have held talks with striker Dwight Gayle over a new contract, though no new deal has yet been offered. (The Athletic)

The Magpies, along with Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan and Besiktas, are interested in Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Wilmar Barrios. (Primer Tiempo)

Leeds United will resist January offers for Tyler Roberts unless Marcelo Bielsa is able to secure a replacement. (Football Insider)

Leeds are prepared to test Manchester United’s resolve over Dan James if the incoming Amad Diallo is granted a work permit at Old Trafford next month. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United want to sign a ready-made winger, a centre-back, a right-back and a defensive midfielder, though expect no incomings next month. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool have identified Lille midfielder Renato Sanches as a potential shock replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, who is wanted by Barcelona. (Le10Sport)

Arsenal are eyeing a January move for Porto youngster Fabio Vieira and would be willing to meet his £27million release clause. (Record via Daily Mail)

Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge is “very unlikely” to stay at Bramall Lane beyond this season as he is being “closely followed” by top clubs. (VG via Sport Witness)

Burnley, Southampton and Fulham are among the Premier League clubs keen on wantaway FC Rostov midfielder Mathias Normann. (VG via Sport Witness)

Jakub Moder is expected to play his last match for Lech Poznan this weekend before joining up with Brighton & Hove Albion. (Meczyki via Sport Witness)