Aston Villa hold trump card as Josh King pursuit hots up

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Aston Villa have absolutely smashed the summer transfer window.

After narrowly avoiding relegation last season it was anticipated that the club would come into this campaign expecting a similar challenge.

Thankfully for supporters it seems that they might just be alright this time around.

Dean Smith's side wasted little time in strengthening their squad in the transfer market as they brought in five first team additions.

They were Matty Cash, Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Martinez, Bertrand Traore and Ross Barkley who arrived on loan from Chelsea.

But Villa are still hoping to wrap up one more.

Reports have linked the midlands club with a move for Josh King.

The Bournemouth striker has gone on the record about his desire to leave the Cherries after they suffered relegation from the Premier League last term.

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But with time ticking before the transfer deadline, Villa face an uphill battle to get a deal done.

However they may now hold a trump card at the negotiating table.

Reports from Football Insider have claimed that Bournemouth now hold an interest in Aston Villa defender Frederic Guilbert.

The right-back has lost his place at Villa Park since the arrival of Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest, meaning that he is now available.

The Cherries are said to be keen on a loan move for the defender - a deal which could be used as part of a package to bring King back to the Premier League.

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Aston Villa's pursuit of Josh King looks like one which is going to be a huge talking point on deadline day.

The Norway international is a player of proven pedigree and so it's no surprise that he's been linked with a move to the midlands.

King has scored 42 goals in the Premier League since making his top flight blow four years ago - an impressive tally for a player who competed in the bottom half of the table.

It's that goalscoring record which makes his services extremely desirable.

Whether Aston Villa can strike a deal, however, remains to be seen.

Bournemouth are right to hold out for as much money as they can get, and perhaps a part-exchange is the way to go.

Frederic Guilbert is a player who is now available and given the Cherries' interest in the defender, it could be a deal that helps the move to completion.

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