Newcastle and Burnley prepared to make move for Livingston defender Jack Fitzwater

Burnley and Watford are weighing up a move for Livingston central defender Jack Fitzwater.

The 24-year old is a former graduate of West Brom’s academy and has been impressing in the Scottish Premiership this season making 28 appearances overall.

His displays have prompted glowing reports from Premier League and Championship scouts with a number of clubs looking out for centre backs.

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Jack Fitzwater (left) battles with Jermain Defoe in the Scottish Premiership for Livingston

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Fitzwater is under contract until 2023 but Livingston would be willing to sell if Burnley or Watford firm up their interest.

Burnley in particular have been scouring the market for a defender and, with their budget limited, a bargain deal for Birmingham-born Fitzwater could suit.

Livingston are likely to demand around £1million for the 6ft 3ins defender who has had to shoulder responsibility in a relatively young side. 

Fitzwater (right) has had loan spells with Chesterfield, Forest Green Rovers and Walsall

He has previously had loan spells with Chesterfield, Forest Green Rovers and Walsall prior to leaving West Brom.

Fitzwater has developed with consistent games over the past two seasons in the Scottish Premiership and top flight English sides are recognising that he has the potential to kick on again.

Newcastle have been linked with a number of defenders in recent weeks, as they look to get some deals done before the end of the transfer window. 

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