Burnley is set to sign former Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey on a free transfer, reports Simon Jones of the Daily mail. The 34-year-old left Palace at the end of last season when his contract expired.
Chelsea and Aston Villa were interested in bringing him in as reinforcements, but Burnley appears to have won the race, with second choice Bailey Peacock-Farrell looking likely to join Sheffield on loan on Wednesday.
Burnley moves closer to signing Wayne Hennessey
Hennessey is no stranger to the Premier League, having spent eight seasons at Crystal Palace before his departure this summer. The Welsh international has also made more than 150 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in his career, including 71 in the top flight.
The 34-year-old was Palace’s number one regular for several years but fell down the pecking order after Vicente Guaita arrived. He only made three Premier League appearances in the 2019/20 season and was limited to one appearance last season, during the Carabao Cup.
Burnley had talks with Hennessey last week and he is set to become number two for England goalkeeper Nick Pope, who is currently recovering from injury.
Peacock-Farrell likely to leave on loan
To make room for Hennessey in the squad, Burnley is likely to loan Bailey Peacock-Farrell, the League One team Sheffield Wednesday interested in it.
The 24-year-old made eight appearances for the Clarets last season but has limited senior experience – something Sean Dyche will feel he can earn with regular playing time elsewhere.
Burnley also has former Wolves keeper Will Norris in its ranks, who will retain his third-choice role behind Pope and Hennessey.
In other Burnley news, Everton have shown interest in signing winger Dwight McNeil.
While there have been no talks yet, new Toffees boss Rafael Benitez is keen to add England Under-21 international to his squad alongside the imminent arrivals of Andros Townsend, Demarai Gray and Asmir Begovic.