Crystal Palace ready to swoop for long-term Burnley target

Date published: Tuesday 26th July 2016 10:33 - Mark Scott

Dale Stephens: Three Burnley bids rejected

Crystal Palace could capitalise on Burnley’s lack of progression in trying to land midfielder Dale Stephens from Championship side Brighton.

According to the Daily Star, the Clarets have identified Stephens as the ideal replacement for Joey Barton, who left for a new challenge with Rangers, but have seen three bids rejected by Brighton.

With Burnley pondering whether to make a fourth offer, Crystal Palace could reportedly steal a march on their Premier League rivals by agreeing to meet the Seagulls’ valuation.

Stephens, 27, has scored 11 goals in 75 league games since joining Brighton in 2014. The report also mentions that Brighton are braced for an £8m bid from West Brom for star centre-back Lewis Dunk.

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