Talks are reportedly ongoing between Burnley and Aston Villa, with the Championship outfit pursuing a deal to bring in top target Cameron Archer on loan.
Archer spent half of last season out on loan in the second tier, to gain first-team experience. Indeed, although he has shown he is capable in Villa’s first team – scoring four goals in eight appearances – there is not yet a consistent role for him.
The forward roles are currently occupied by Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins. Archer might have to wait a while until he is to take a place from one of those stars.
Last campaign, he performed well in the Championship. The 20-year-old bagged eight goals and provided one assist in just 20 appearances for Preston North End.
Given his good form in the second tier last season, another side has come calling.
Journalist Sacha Tavolieri reports that Burnley have made Archer their top target.
They reportedly want to take him in on loan, without an obligation to buy. As Archer has recently signed a new Villa contract, a dry loan may be the best course of action.
The forward has played just 17 minutes for Villa this season, so they may be willing to let him go.
The report states that talks are ongoing between the two clubs.
It does seem like a deal that could go through, though.
Burnley a great move for Archer
Burnley seems a good move for Archer. Another loan to the Championship will give him another opportunity to develop in senior football.
While Burnley have had a poor start – currently sitting 16th in the table – they are expected to be challenging for promotion. As such, Archer could be one of the star performers in a side that should perform well throughout the season.
Given his form last season, he would be a good addition to any side in the second tier. Burnley should be a better side, should they manage to add him to their team.
Another good campaign in front of goal will allow Archer to return to Villa as a better player, and have a chance at a bigger role in the squad next season.