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Bailey Peacock-Farrell set to complete £3.5m move as fee agreed with Premier League side

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell is set to make the step up to the Premier League.

Burnley have agreed a £3.5m deal to bring in the Northern Ireland No.1 from Leeds.

The 22-year-old will compete with England internationals Joe Hart and Nick Pope at Turfmoor, taking the place of club captain Tom Heaton, who was sold to Aston Villa despite taking over the starting spot for the second half of last season.

Peacock-Farrell had become increasingly frustrated with his lack of playing time at Elland Road last season after the arrival of Kiko Casilla.

The veteran stopper joined the Whites from Real Madrid at the request of new manager Marcelo Bielsa, leaving Peacock-Farrell out in the cold and out of contract next summer.

Now he has been handed a lifeline by Sean Dyche and will get a chance to prove himself at the highest level, competing with the established duo of Hart and Pope next season.

The former Middlesbrough youth player has been exceptional since breaking onto the international scene, taking over as Michael O'Neill's preferred option in goal and making nine appearances.

Peacock-Farrell has kept four clean sheets in a Northern Irish jersey and will now hope his excellent international form can translate into the highest level of club football.

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