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Aston Villa may sell Nathan Baker to Burnley

Reports are suggesting that Burnley are going to get Nathan Baker in a £2 million transfer.

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A report in The Times (relayed by Squawka [yes, I know, I'm sorry]) is saying that Nathan Baker is ready to join recently-relegated Burnley in a £2 million transfer. The move wouldn't come as too much of a surprise if it happened, as Baker is probably Aston Villa's fourth- or fifth-choice centre back right now. He has been widely pilloried by fans this summer for mistakes in preseason and his injury-prone nature, but despite the problems I'm not sure that this is a move worth making.

So long as you keep in mind the fact that Baker is far down the list of potential players, he's great at what he is: injury back-up. And if there is one thing that Villa have proven in the last few seasons it's that they need defensive injury support. Though, to be fair, a lot of the time out on the physios table has actually come from Baker himself.

I've always sort of liked Baker, so I admit that my personal preference may be clouding my judgment a bit here. The end result is that this is a move that will neither make or break Villa. I'm not sure that £2 million are worth losing the depth that Baker provides, but it's certainly not anything I'll be losing sleep over.