Clarets chasing Bruce

Howe keen on former Leeds man

Alex Bruce: Available on a free transfer and attracting interest from Burnley

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Sky Sports understands Burnley are eyeing a move for former Leeds United defender Alex Bruce.

Bruce is available on a free transfer after seeing out his contract at Elland Road.

The 27-year-old found himself out of favour at Leeds under former boss Simon Grayson, but under Neil Warnock he featured more regularly, making seven appearances from February.

The former Birmingham and Ipswich man is now keen to kick-start his career by fixing himself up at a new club where he will play more first-team football.

Bruce's versatility in that he is equally adept in central defence as well as full-back makes him an attractive proposition for a number of clubs.

Burnley boss Eddie Howe is thought to be an admirer of Bruce and is hoping to steal a march on his rivals by taking him to Turf Moor to bolster his squad for next season.

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Meanwhile, chief scout Tim Henderson has left the club by mutual consent.

Henderson joined the club in January 2010, but has moved on as part of a reshuffle of Howe's backroom staff.