Date: 22nd January 2018 at 12:04pm
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Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Burnley striker Ashley Barnes, according to Sky Sports News.

The defending Premier League champions, who comfortably defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 4-0 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, have been surprisingly linked with a move for the Clarets centre forward before the close of the January transfer window.

The 28-year-old, who is a former Austria Under-20 international, has scored four goals in 26 appearances in all competitions for Sean Dyche’s side so far this season.

Burnley’s Ashley Barnes in action with Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal (left).

Barnes, who began his career at non-league outfit Paulton Rovers, has netted 18 times in 123 games overall for Burnley since arriving from Brighton back in January 2014.

The report suggests The Blues’ search for a new target man at Stamford Bridge this month has widened and includes Barnes as a potential transfer target for manager Antonio Conte, whose Chelsea side sit third in the Premier League standings, 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

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