Aston Villa: NSWE still keen on Ismaila Sarr
Aston Villa are still keen on a move Watford forward Ismaila Sarr and will need to pay £25m for his services, according to The Sun.
The Lowdown: Failed summer move
Villa had actually agreed a deal to sign the Hornets attacker last summer but ended up walking away from a move, with the Senegal winger remaining at Vicarage Road.
Since then, the 24-year-old – who can play anywhere across the forward line – has played at the World Cup with his nation and contributed to 11 Championship goals in 22 games.
He is into the final 18 months of his contract with Watford, and Villa are still on the search for a new winger, with a transfer update emerging.
The Latest: £25m price tag
The Sun shared a story regarding Sarr on Saturday night, claiming that Aston Villa are still keen on his services.
Premier League rivals Crystal Palace were also named as prospective suitors, with Watford wanting £25m if they are to part ways with the forward in the coming days.
The Verdict: Time to move?
Sarr, who has been labelled a “freak” of a talent with “scary” ability by former team-mate Ben Foster, shares the same agency as Tyrone Mings and has been a consistent performer in England for Watford. He has a total of 53 goal contributions in 114 games, 18 of which have come in 50 Premier League appearances.
Emery has been pursuing a forward who can operate anywhere across the front three, so Sarr fits the bill in that regard. He would provide an option on the wing or through the middle in the Midlands for Villa, which could come in handy as Ollie Watkins and Jhon Duran are currently the only centre-forward options available to the 51-year-old.
NSWE will need to write a relatively big cheque for a transfer to materialise, though, and with the clock ticking towards Tuesday night’s deadline, they may need to act fast.