Aston Villa are preparing a £15m bid for Burnley winger Dwight McNeil, according to Football Insider.
The Lowdown: McNeil’s previous interest
Villa aren’t the first club to be linked with a move for the 21-year-old. McNeil has attracted interest from the likes of AC Milan, Juventus, Leicester City and Wolves in recent years, but he’s remained at Turf Moor.
The Englishman has been labelled as one of Villa’s top targets this summer, with McNeil still having over three years remaining on his Clarets contract.
McNeil is valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt, and it seems as if Villa will attempt to seal a cut-price move going off latest reports.
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The Latest: Villa source shares bid plans
A Villa source informed Football Insider that the club plan to test the water with a £15m offer early in the upcoming transfer window.
McNeil, described as ‘adaptable’ by Sean Dyche last year, was the 15th-most creative player in the entire league last season after creating 55 big chances.
The Verdict: In line with John Percy’s recent claim
Reliable reporter John Percy revealed in April that Villa will look to sign a winger this summer, and it seems as if McNeil could well be their man.
He’s mainly plied his trade out on the left-hand side during his career, so his potential arrival could allow Jack Grealish to move to a central role, should he remain at Villa Park.
Dean Smith should know all about McNeil following his starring display against Villa earlier this season, with the wide man scoring and providing an assist in a 3-2 win back in December.
Who knows, that performance may have caught Smith’s eye, and it seems as if the club are ready to firm up their interest.
In other news: Grealish to Man City transfer update emerges, find out more here.
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