With Aston Villa having secured promotion to the Premier League via the play-off finals last season, manager Dean Smith will now be looking to put his own stamp on the playing squad during this summer’s transfer window. Today’s Villa transfer roundup includes an interest in a top-tier full-back, a potential move for a Barcelona target and an update on a Spanish U21 international.
Matt Targett targeted
Southampton’s Matt Targett is of interest to the Villans according to the Sun. He is reportedly Smith’s first choice and would cost around £10m. Targett started 13 games for the Saints last season but spent most of the campaign as Ryan Bertrand’s understudy.
Villa battle Real and Barca for winger
According to Spanish website Cordopolis, Villa are interested in Cordoba’s Andres Martin. The winger is just 19 years old and enjoyed a breakthrough season in Spain’s second division, scoring seven goals and making four assists. Barcelona and Real Madrid are also all interested.
“Nothing” in Fornals speculation
The Sun journalist Alan Nixon has poured cold water on a potential Pablo Fornals move to Villa Park. Wild claims on Twitter had suggested that the player had been given permission to have a medical with Villa ahead of a £25m move, but Nixon has said there is “nothing” in it. The Villareal midfielder is now expected to sign for West Ham in the coming days.