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Luke Hatfield expects third Aston Villa bid for Emile Smith Rowe

Luke Hatfield expects third Aston Villa bid for Emile Smith Rowe - Arsenal

A top journalist expects Aston Villa to table a third bid for exciting Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe.

Villa have been keen to add the 20-year-old to their ranks after an impressive campaign for the Gunners and Express & Star reporter Luke Hatfield believes the club will return with an improved offer.

Dean Smith’s side have seen two bids, with the latest reported to be worth in the region of £30million, turned down by Arsenal as they are keen to hold onto the starlet.

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Smith Rowe was one of the north London club’s shining lights in a disappointing campaign which means they will not feature in European football for the first time since 1995 next term.

The midfielder, who has enjoyed loan spells with German outfit RB Leipzig and Championship side Huddersfield Town, made 33 first team appearances for the Gunners and found the back of the net four times in what was his breakthrough season.

With reports suggesting Jack Grealish could leave Villa Park in favour of a move to Manchester City, Hatfield is certain another bid will be tabled.

Speaking to The Transfer Tavern, he said: “Villa have clearly spotted a player who could potentially be of interest to them. They’ve firmed that up with money on the table.

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“I’m not too sure how much it would take Arsenal to consider it but it wouldn’t surprise me if Villa maybe come back in and say this is our top level bid. If it doesn’t happen then, they could look elsewhere.

“He’s obviously a very talented player but he is still young. He seems to be, alongside Bukayo Saka, really important to that Arsenal side and those two were the standout players for the Gunners last season despite the fact they have players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.”

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