Unemployed former England star who ‘destroyed’ Pep Guardiola’s side closes in on free Premier League transfer

NATHAN REDMOND is in line for a contract with Premier League new boys Burnley.

The ex-Southampton star spent last season with Turkish giants Besiktas but left after his deal expired.

GETTYNathan Redmond is in line for a Premier League return[/caption]

The former Southampton winger is in talks with newly-promoted BurnleyGETTY

And The Clarets have moved quickly to try and snap up the Brummie winger.

England international Redmond confirmed his departure from Besiktas on Instagram, penning a letter to fans of the Istanbul club.

He wrote: “From the very first day I arrived, you have shown me nothing but love and support.

“It’s a difficult decision for myself and my family not to return and wear the black and white jersey this season.

“But in the one season I spent with you guys, I’m forever thankful for the memories, and history we created together.”

Redmond joined Besiktas following a six-year stint with Southampton, which was preceded by three-year spells with Norwich and Birmingham City.

The 29-year-old’s best displays undoubtedly came at St Mary’s, where he scored 30 goals in 232 appearances.

One of Redmond’s best displays came in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City in October 2016 – in which he scored the opener.

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His display made a lasting impression on City boss Pep Guardiola, so much so that he berated the winger the following season after his troops bagged a late winner over a dogged Saints thanks to Raheem Sterling.

Guardiola recalled the fiery moment in an interview with The Telegraph, saying: “[I told him how good a player he is.

“Last season he destroyed us here.

“I didn’t know him last season, I realised how good he is.

TIMES NEWSPAPERS LTDRedmond made an impression on Pep Guardiola in 2016 and was hyped up by the Man City boss the following year[/caption]

“Southampton have some super-talented players, Redmond is so good one against one.

“But they didn’t want to play, they were time-wasting from the ninth minute.

“I just wanted them to play.”

Burnley, ironically, will welcome treble-winners City to Turf Moor for their Premier League opener on August 14.

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