Aston Villa: 130-cap Gerrard target 'would love' Premier League move

Aston Villa’s hopes of welcoming Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez to Villa Park may have been boosted by the form of Philippe Coutinho upon his return to the Premier League, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

Steven Gerrard has already been reunited with one former Liverpool team-mate in Coutinho, but it appears he has set his sights on linking up with another Anfield legend by persuading Suarez to head to the Midlands.

What’s the latest news involving Suarez?

It appears Suarez’s time on the books of Atletico Madrid will come to an end when the season reaches its climax as his current agreement, worth £263,000-per-week, is set to expire in the summer.

According to MailOnline, Suarez is keen to remain in Europe and would consider a return to the Premier League.

The report suggests a move to Villa could be on the cards having rejected three offers from Brazil during the January transfer window.

Suarez, who has won 130 international caps for Uruguay, is someone Gerrard knows well as they played alongside each other on 95 occasions during their time at Liverpool.

Gerrard, who was appointed as Villa’s head coach in November, has previously described the 35-year-old as one of the best strikers he ever shared a dressing room with.

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What has Dean Jones said about Suarez?

Jones believes the form of Coutinho could convince Suarez to choose Villa Park as the next destination in his career.

Coutinho made the loan move from Barcelona in January, with the agreement including the option of being made permanent for £33million, and the creative midfielder has gone on to notch seven goal contributions in nine outings.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “He will have seen what it’s done for Coutinho, playing under Gerrard.

“He would love the chance to come back into the Premier League again and be that impact player that makes a big difference in a squad.”

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Why would Suarez be a good signing for Villa?

Suarez may be in the closing stages of his career, but he was once worth £81million and is set to be available on a free transfer, so many would see this as a no-brainer.

There is no doubt that the Uruguayan is a natural goalscorer, having found the back of the net 435 times at club level.

Suarez also made his mark on the Premier League, racking up 108 goals and assists in 110 outings, so he would be a major threat in the final third if given the opportunity.

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