Aston Villa ready move for 26-goal ace

Dean Smith

Aston Villa could be in a for a huge summer of spending - that's if you believe the newspapers.

Dean Smith's side forked out £120m on new talent last summer and now they could spend another £100m on a handful of cherry-picked players.

It appears that despite rather wasting their money on only finishing 17th, they haven't learned their lesson - that's unless they sign proven players.

Villa's transfer window could be an incredibly busy one. They've been linked with cheaper moves for the likes of Fabio Borini but there are more eye-catching moves touted for individuals like Said Benrahma and Odsonne Edouard.

It's believed the latter could cost somewhere in the region of £40m, so the Villans would have to break their transfer record if they see him as a genuine target.

However, £15m below that value is a player in the Championship, someone that missed out on Premier League life at the very final hurdle.

Coincidentally, it could also be a reunion for Smith.

Dean Smith and John Terry

Sky Sports reported towards the beginning of the week that Aston Villa were readying a move for Ollie Watkins.

His current club Brentford missed out on a place in the top-flight in the play-offs but he could secure a move to the Premier League anyway.

Any deal won't come cheap, but it would eclipse the fee paid for Brazilian striker Wesley a year ago. 

Sky suggests that the Bees are looking to get £25m for their star man.

A move will be complicated by the sheer number of teams interested in signing him. Sheffield United and Crystal Palace are said to be eyeing a move while Leeds have previously been credited too.

Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Villa have spent rather horrifically in the last two transfer windows, particularly on strikers.

Wesley arrived for a club-record fee of £22m and only scored five goals while Mbwana Samatta's £8.5m switch garnered a solitary strike

It's clear that the Midlands side haven't enjoyed the best of luck in the market but with new Sporting Director Johan Lange, that could change.

After all, Watkins is a first-class talent, someone who scored 26 goals in the English game this season.

Ollie Watkins

Wesley and Samatta had never kicked a ball in English football so this is already a better start from Villa's talent spotters.

Add the fact that Smith has already managed the striker at Exeter and at Brentford, and you surely have a recipe for success.

The Villa boss once described him as a "top striker" hailing the player for his qualities in front of goal. 

With this signing, the Villans would be confident of landing someone more in Tammy Abraham's ballpark than Wesley and Samatta.

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