Three-way battle for Manchester City outcast

Newcastle, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion are locked in a three-way battle for Manchester City outcast Fabian Delph.

According to the Daily Star, the former Aston Villa midfielder, who joined Manchester City for £8m in July 2015, is wanted by three Premier League clubs.

Delph seems to be Man City’s forgotten man and is far down Pep Guardiola’s first team pecking order. Man City are having a summer clear out and Delph is likely to leave.

Newly promoted Newcastle want to strengthen their squad after winning the Championship. Burnley are interested in Delph as manager Sean Dyche looks to replace Joey Barton. Barton was released by the club following his gambling ban.

West Brom could sign Delph as a replacement for departing captain Darren Fletcher who has joined Stoke on a free transfer. All three clubs can offer him more playing time than he has become used to in recent seasons.

The biggest issue is Delph’s injury troubles. Groin, hamstring and achilles injuries have significantly hampered his time on the pitch in recent seasons.

The England international is 28 in November and should be at the peak of his career. He probably not be missed by Man City but would be valuable at another Premier League club.

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