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Peacock-Farrell gets crack at top flight with £3.5m move to Burnley


New chapter: Bailey Peacock-Farrell will become a Premier League player
New chapter: Bailey Peacock-Farrell will become a Premier League player
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell looks set to make the step up to the Premier League after Leeds United agreed to let the stopper move to Burnley.

The Clarets are believed to have offered £3.5m for the Northern Ireland No.1, who is set to move to Turf Moor and compete with England internationals Joe Hart and Nick Pope.

Burnley freed up the cash to splash on Peacock-Farrell by selling club captain Tom Heaton, who had taken over in goal for the second half of last season, to Aston Villa.

Peacock-Farrell (22) had become increasingly frustrated with his lack of playing time at Elland Road last season after the arrival of Kiko Casilla.

The veteran keeper joined Leeds 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 Ireland jersey and will now hope his excellent international form can translate to the highest level of club football.

Meanwhile, it is believed that Laurent Koscielny is still determined to leave Arsenal this summer despite ongoing talks between club and player.

The 33-year-old skipper refused to travel on a pre-season tour to the United States after his request to have his contract terminated to allow him to join another club was rejected by the Gunners.

Having moved to Arsenal from Lorient in 2010, it is understood Koscielny is now keen to return to play in France.

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