Aston Villa are doing everything they can to build a squad capable of competing in the Premier League, as opposed to just surviving.
Dean Smith’s side could very easily have been relegated last season but they managed to avoid the drop on the final day of the season.
They ultimately finished the campaign in 17th, taking 35 points from 38 games. They finished a point clear of both AFC Bournemouth and Watford, who fell through the trapdoor.
Incredibly, Villa actually lost more games than Watford, tasting defeat 21 times as opposed to the Hornets’ 20.
But they are still in the Premier League and have been investing as a result.
They have brought in Ollie Watkins from Brentford for a fee of over £27m, while Bertrand Traore, Emiliano Martinez, Matty Cash, and Ross Barkley have also moved to Villa Park.
However, it seems that their spending is not finished.
Football Insider reports that Smith’s men are lining up a new swoop for Bournemouth striker Josh King.
Villa attempted to sign the forward last month but were unable to agree a deal, and are now looking to make a second bid.
King is apparently keen to leave Bournemouth and he is likely to do that before the end of next week’s domestic transfer deadline, which allows top-flight clubs to buy from lower-league outfits.
The former Manchester United youngster has also been linked with both West Ham and West Bromwich Albion.
GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…
Villa really aren’t messing about.
They have gone all-in this summer with moves for players who can really influence the starting XI and make an immediate impression.
King is exactly that type of player.
He has scored plenty of Premier League goals – 50 in 171 appearances – and would slot straight into the forward line at Villa Park.
If they can do the deal relatively cheaply – Bournemouth are reported to be demanding £10m – this would be an excellent signing.News Now - Sport News