The Burnley fans in the Transfer Tavern are in dreamland. This Premier League campaign has been the best in recent memory and they have defied all the odds to maintain a push for the Europa League spots.
And now that they are an established Premier League side who are showing high aspirations, Burnley has become an attractive prospect for a lot of players. With the promise of a push for European qualification, the Clarets could be able to attract a number of new faces to Turf Moor this January and in the summer.
One player who they should already be considering for next season is West Ham United outcast Robert Snodgrass. The Hammers do not seem to want the Scotland international, who has proved his Premier League credentials at every club he has been at except West Ham.
And the owners have publicly criticised the 30-year-old, who is currently out on loan at Aston Villa, which has surely burned the bridges between the club and the player. This means that a summer exit on a permanent deal is an inevitability for the Scotsman and Aston Villa will be very keen to snap him up when his loan ends.
But Burnley should be thinking about poaching him from under Villa’s nose and the project at Burnley under Sean Dyche might appeal to Snodgrass. Furthermore, Aston Villa are restricted due to Financial Fair Play and Burnley could blow them out of the water with a higher offer.
During his time with Leeds, Norwich and Hull, Snodgrass showed the top two divisions of English football that he is an impressive winger with a wonderful left foot. While he does not fit West Ham’s system, he would thrive at Burnley and the likes of Chris Wood, Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes would enjoy his service.
With Robbie Brady a long-term injury issue, Snodgrass would be a wonderful signing.
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