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English clubs chasing Blues' Burns

WATERFORD UNITED defender Craig Burns could join his Blues team-mate Sean Maguire in moving to England this month, as the highly rated centre half is attracting cross-channel interest.

Burns, 20, caught the eye in the Waterford side which reached the promotion playoffs last season and did enough to earn a trial with Premier League side West Ham, who this week made a formal bid to Waterford for striker Maguire.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has decided not to sign Burns after the player had a trial with the London club last week, but he has told Burns that he has enough talent to get a move and now Championship side Barnsley and League One outfit MK Dons are keen on the defender.

Burns joined Waterford at the start of the 2012 season from Cork City and previously had a spell with Dundee United.

ASTON VILLA have expressed an interest in Longford Town full-back Thomas Crawley.

The Dubliner made an impression under boss Tony Cousins at Longford in Division One last season and English clubs have been alerted, with Villa and Leeds United both keen to take him on trial.

Out of contract with Longford, Crawley is also being tracked by League of Ireland clubs with Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny chasing the defender.

His Longford team-mate Craig Walsh has been linked with a move to Finland.