Aston Villa tipped to move for EFL star

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Aston Villa supporters are loving life right now.

After a difficult campaign last time out the newly-promoted side were able to battle and scrap their way to safety in the Premier League last term.

After such a tricky year, the plan was to strengthen the squad to ensure that they could escape a similar basement battle this time around.

Based on their summer signings it seems that they could be just fine.

Dean Smith's side completed five major deals over the course of the summer - all of which represented major coups for the midlands side.

They included moves for Matty Cash, Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Martinez, Bertrand Traore and Ross Barkley.

As well as having undoubted quality, all of the quintet have a real point to prove in the Premier League and that's why the moves represent excellent value.

Despite the international transfer window coming to a close, it seems that Villa may not be done yet.

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Reports have suggested that Smith's side retain an interest in Bournemouth striker Josh King.

While a deal is not thought to be imminent, former Aston Villa ace Alan Hutton believes that the 28-year-old would be 'a great addition' to the squad.

Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton said: “The window’s open to the 16th, something like that. He’d be a great addition.

“If he doesn’t come in, look, I think they’ve had one of the best transfer windows for a long time so it’s not a bad thing if they didn’t but if you’re looking at the squad, they’ve got Ollie Watkins, Keinan Davis – they’re maybe looking to bring someone else in just in case.

“It would be a good fit, I think he can play in several positions which is another tick in the box but I’m sure he’s got a few admirers.

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“I don’t think they would want to go overboard in the price for him, I don’t think they have to. If they could get a deal, I’m sure they’d definitely look at it because he’d be a great addition to the squad.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This would be a fantastic deal for Aston Villa.

While Dean Smith's side have enjoyed an excellent transfer window so far, there's a case for saying that they could still use another forward.

Josh King could be the perfect solution.

Valued at £14.4m by Transfermarkt, the Norway international is a proven performer at Premier League level after scoring 42 goals for Bournemouth.

He certainly deserves another chance in the Premier League and with Aston Villa he may well get the chance to become part of one of the division's surprise packages this term.

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