Aston Villa could sign Jack Grealish’s perfect partner in Norwich City star Emiliano Buendia, amid Lee Hendrie’s transfer claim.
The Canaries look set to earn promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, currently top of the table in the Championship. Despite that, Hendrie has suggested that a “big club” will look to take Buendia off their hands, and insisted that the 24-year-old would be near the top of his list for potential summer transfer targets.
The former Villa midfielder told This Is Futbol: “I think a big club will definitely try and take him. I know you can say he’s done it in the Championship, but you could say that about (Said) Benrahma, you could say that about Ollie Watkins.
“I feel that Buendia, I mean we’ve seen him in a very good Norwich side in the Championship, I feel in a Villa side… wow. If I could say or had a big say in bringing players in, he’s the one on top of my list that I would bring into Aston Villa.”
While Grealish may be out injured right now, when the Villa talisman does eventually return, Smith’s side could surely do with someone who could ease the burden on their skipper.
In the “exceptional” Buendia, they could sign someone who is Premier League proven and could offer the same levels of creativity that their main man provides. The Argentine’s total number of chances created last season in the top flight ranked him fourth in the entire division, despite playing for a team who ended up getting relegated.
The £19.8m-rated ace has been branded a “revelation” by former Villa striker Chris Sutton, and the playmaker could link up to great effect with someone like Grealish, interchanging positions and feeding one other.
If Grealish is then out injured, Smith would surely be more confident by at least having Buendia to take up the mantle. Whether or not Villa’s talisman is in the team, the signing of the Norwich star would appear to be a superb move this summer.