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Burnley snap up Chelsea-linked record breaker to add ‘proven pedigree’

Burnley have completed a deal to sign a veteran free agent that had recently been the subject of speculation linking him to Chelsea.

Crystal Palace are facing a turbulent summer after a huge portion of their squad became free agents upon last season’s conclusion. One player released was Wayne Hennessey, who was linked with the Blues given their propensity for having a third-choice stopper with bags of experience.

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However, Sean Dyche’s Burnley have made their move and today signed the Wales goalkeeper on a two-year deal following his release by Crystal Palace.

Hennessey, 34, who departed Selhurst Park earlier this month, was back-up for Wales number one Danny Ward at Euro 2020.

Burnley said on their official website: “The Clarets have added more proven Premier League pedigree to their squad with the capture of record-breaking Wales international goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

“Hennessey joins Burnley as a free agent following his departure from top-flight rivals Crystal Palace and has agreed a two-year deal – with a further year’s option – at Turf Moor.”

Former Wolves goalkeeper Hennessey, Wales’ most-capped goalkeeper with 96 appearances, will provide competition for Burnley’s England international Nick Pope.

Hennessey, on the bench for all four of Wales’ Euro 2020 matches, has made a total of 181 Premier League appearances for Wolves and Palace and has also had loan spells at Stockport and Yeovil.

He is the Clarets’ second senior summer signing after the arrival of defender Nathan Collins from Stoke for an undisclosed fee.

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