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Aston Villa: Villains set to make second Smith Rowe bid

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Aston Villa are set to make a second bid for Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, according to John Percy of The Telegraph.

The Lowdown: First bid turned down

Villa had an offer in the region of £25m turned down by the Gunners for Smith Rowe last week, as reported by David Ornstein.

Arsenal are working to tie up a new deal with the attacking midfielder, who is currently on £20,000-a-week at the Emirates until 2023.

Smith Rowe was a regular under Mikel Arteta last season, making 37 appearances in all competitions. Arsenal have no intention to sell the 20-year-old, but it seems as if Villa aren’t giving up just yet.

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The Latest: Percy’s claim

Percy shared the news in The Telegraph’s transfer notebook late on Tuesday evening.

He suggested that Villa are lining up a second offer, as they see a deal worth exploring. They envisage Smith Rowe playing in a front three alongside Emiliano Buendia and Ollie Watkins, with Jack Grealish as a Number 10.

A Villa source told Football Insider earlier this week that an improved bid was being prepared, and it seems as if that is the case following Percy’s update.

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The Verdict: How many more signings will Villa make?

Should Villa be successful in their pursuit of Smith Rowe, he may not end up being their final addition of the window.

A club-record move for Buendia is completed, as is a return for Ashley Young. James Ward-Prowse has been linked with a move to the Midlands, while Tom Heaton is set to depart next week.

Bjorn Engels has also sealed a move to Royal Antwerp, so a new centre-back and back up ‘keeper could possibly join Smith Rowe and Ward-Prowse through the door.

It’s been a busy few weeks for Villa, but it’s good to see the club getting their business done early.

In other news: Source shares Jack Grealish Villa transfer twist hours before starring England display, find out more here.


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