Burnley leading Watford in race to sign Ashley Young

Burnley are leading Watford in the race to sign Ashley Young on a free transfer this summer, The Mirror reports.

Young’s contract with Inter Milan expires this month, and they have failed to convince him to extend his stay.

He is leaning towards a return to the Premier League. Watford have already made an offer to re-sign him.

The Clarets have joined the pursuit and are deemed favourites to land his signature on a Bosman deal.

Sean Dyche captained Young at Watford between 2003 and 2005, and he is keen on a reunion with the 35-year-old.

Young has played at left wing-back in the last two years for Inter, but he is seen as a wide attacking player by Dyche.

Sportslens view:

The Clarets have stayed clear of the relegation battle in recent years, and it could be a similar job next season.

The club are now under new ownership, but there are no signs that they are prepared to spend significantly this summer.

Dyche may have to offload some high-profile players to recoup funds, and James Tarkowski could be one of those leaving.

Young is no longer in the prime of his career, but he is still a hard-working player who gives his best every time on the field.

The 39-cap England international has five goals and nine assists in his 59 appearances for Inter and would be a handy addition despite his age.

Watford are a tempting option for Young, having started his career with them, but they have just been promoted after a season down.

The Clarets are now an established outfit in the top-flight. Dyche could be a driving factor in luring Young to Turf Moor this summer.

Young, who recently won the Serie A title with Inter, earns around £50,000-a-week. He may have to take a pay cut to join the Clarets.

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