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The 21-year-old has been invited to Turf Moor by Clarets boss Eddie Howe after smoke grenade drama sees the midfielder released from his contract at Stamford Bridge

Jacob Mellis, sacked by Chelsea after setting a smoke grenade off at the club's training ground, has been invited to train with Burnley by manager Eddie Howe.

The 21-year-old midfielder played for Burnley's reserves in midweek against Morecambe in an attempt to win a permanent move to Turf Moor.

The former England Under-19 international, who has had loan spells at Southampton and Barnsley, only made one appearance for Chelsea, as a last-minute substitute in their Champions League clash with Zilina in November 2010.

The prank, which involved fellow Blues player Billy Clifford, took place on March 2, and caused a full-scale evacuation of the club's Cobham training ground, with the pair subsequently suspended.

Chelsea to beat Manchester City on Wednesday night with Frank Lampard scoring at any time can be backed at 17/2 with Paddy Power.

Burnley are currently 15th in the Championship, though they are only 10 points away from the playoff positions as they seek to return to the Premier League for the first time since being relegated in the 2009-10 season.

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