Aston Villa handed fresh boost in pursuit of Premier League starlet

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It's been quite a 12 months for Aston Villa.

It was just over a year ago that Villa secured promotion to the Premier League after coming out victorious in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.

While they may be one of the top flight's most recognised names, life in the fast lane was anything but plain sailing.

Despite spending over £140million on new arrivals Dean Smith's side found Premier League life tough as they battled to avoid the drop.

Thankfully supporters there was no end of season heartbreak as a Jack Grealish strike on the final day of the season was enough to secure survival.

Villa stayed up by the skin of their teeth, and based on this summer's activity it seems that they're not taking any chances this time around.

Smith's side have already completed the signing of Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest for a fee of £14million, while also closing in on a club-record deal to sign Ollie Watkins from Brentford.

However it seems that they aren't done yet.

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While Watkins looks set to link up with Villa, Smith may be looking at further attacking options to bolster his front line.

While several names have been linked, the biggest in recent days has been Rhian Brewster.

Reports from The Sun in recent days have claimed that Aston Villa could be pursuing an audacious permanent move for the Liverpool man.

However according to Sky Sports, it might not be such an audacious move afterall with Jurgen Klopp's side open to cashing in.

It's claimed that Liverpool would be open to cashing in on the youngster on the condition that they could enter a buy-back clause into any deal to protect their asset.

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The 20-year-old is hot property after scoring an impressive 25 goals last term after having the first half of the campaign at Anfield and then moving to Swansea City on loan for the second half of the season.

That has led Villa, Brighton and Sheffield United to express an interest in a move.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Well, this would be quite something.

Rhian Brewster is an incredibly talented player and it was no surprise to see him name linked with a loan move to various Premier League clubs.

But this latest update is a game-changer.

Few would have imagined that Liverpool would allow the prospect to leave the club on a permanent basis, particularly after featuring in the first team during pre-season.

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That said, it's something that we've seen more of across European football with Chelsea's handling of Nathan Ake's future an example.

For a club like Aston Villa, this represents a wonderful opportunity to purchase a talented young player who is almost guaranteed to increase in value over the coming years.

Let's just see who, if anyone, makes the first move.

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