Aston Villa submit eight-figure bid to sign attacker

Callum Wilson

After Aston Villa signed Matty Cash in midweek, he was pictured next to a beaming Johan Lange. 

The new Sporting Director stood proudly alongside his very first signing in the Midlands, and he was right to be so pleased.

Cash was one of the most consistent in the Championship last season, he was also one of the best full-backs in the division.

Converted from a winger to a defender, he improved considerably defensively, but his attacking traits still remained.

In total, the former Nottingham Forest man scored three times and created five goals in the process.

It seems as though Lange's plan has been to target second-tier players, rather than those playing in foreign leagues.

And who can blame him? It worked well with the acquisition of Tyrone Mings and Matt Targett last summer. Cash isn't the only player who could arrive from the Championship, either.

Matty Cash

A breakthrough has been made in Aston Villa's plans to sign Ollie Watkins but they've also been pursuing another forward.

Callum Wilson is the name at the forefront of Lange and Dean Smith's minds. Villa have been interested in the forward for a few weeks now but on Saturday, they submitted a concrete bid for the Bournemouth star.

That's the word of Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie who took to Twitter to reveal the following

"Aston Villa have upped their bid to £21m for Callum Wilson. Newcastle bid £20m this morning. Source close to the player suggesting the England striker favours a move to Newcastle though." 

That price nearly replicates what they'll have to pay to land Watkins. Brentford wanted £25m for his services but Football Insider suggests they'll have to pay a fraction less.

Callum Wilson celebrates scoring

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

If Villa can land both Wilson and Watkins this summer, it would be a fabulous statement of intent. It should also put them in a considerably better place to stay up next term. 

In the summer of 2019, Villa's recruitment was rather strange.

They signed Wesley for a club-record fee at the time and he provided just five goals all season. Bizarrely, the Villans targeted Belgium football again in January.

This time it was to bring Mbwana Samatta to Villa Park. The Tanzanian has scored just a solitary goal in the Midlands and like Wesley, has failed.

Callum Wilson on the floor

There is no reason to believe both Wilson and Watkins would have the same disappointing impact.

The latter scored 26 goals in 2019/20, while Wilson is an England international and is proven in the top-flight.

The 28-year-old has played 126 games in the Premier League, hitting the back of the net 41 times in the process - that isn't a bad tally at all.

On top of that, he's had a happy habit of winning against the Villans. In five matches, he has tasted victory three times and even offered Paul Lambert quite the fright in 2015 with an injury-time goal at Villa Park in the FA Cup. 

Lange is certainly looking in the right areas to strengthen Dean Smith's side this summer. 

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