The Lowdown: Two offers turned down
Smith Rowe is thought to be Villa’s top target, with a number 10 the club’s priority in the summer transfer window.
Dean Smith’s side haven’t given up hope despite the two rejected bids, and it now seems as if their patience could be about to pay off.
The Latest: Third bid…
Villa’s third bid is thought to be in the region of £32.5m, and with Arsenal failing in their attempts to tie Smith Rowe down to a new deal at the Emirates Stadium, they could now reportedly cash in reluctantly.
Villa are confident that a deal can be struck, and should a £32.5m move go through, Smith Rowe would become the club’s second-most expensive signing of all time.
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The Verdict: Where should Villa strengthen next?
If Villa can land Smith Rowe after staying patient with a third offer, it will be interesting to see where the club will look to strengthen next. A move for Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse has been touted, although Dean Smith’s squad seems bare at centre-back.
New signing Ashley Young can provide cover at both left-back and right-back, so perhaps a move for a centre-back could be wise before Villa possibly go big on Ward-Prowse.
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