Clarets close to securing battling midfielder

Burnley are closing in on the signature of Angers midfielder Baptiste Santamaria.

The Daily Mail reports that the Clarets have held talks with the Ligue 1 side Angers over a move for 25 year old Santamaria, for around £12 million.

As a player, he has been compared to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, and like the Frenchman, Santamaria stands out for his knack of breaking up opposition attacks and has a good ball-winning record playing in a midfield anchor position.

He’s also quite handy on the ball with an average pass completion rate of over 80%.

Aston Villa, Everton, and Leicester are all in the mix for his signature, but Turf Moor seems his most likely destination at the moment.