Aston Villa have prepared £20m to spend on a new centre-forward in January, according to Football Insider.
The site was told that the club’s recruitment team are scouting strikers ahead of creating a shortlist for manager Dean Smith.
The report claims the club feel they’re missing an out-and-out striker despite signing Wesley Moraes for £22.5m from Brugge in the summer.
It says they wanted to add another striker in summer but felt their targets were overpriced, so they eventually pulled the plug.
They narrowly missed out of Neal Maupay in the summer (per L’Equipe), when Brighton were willing to pay the money Brentford demanded but Villa couldn’t get a deal over the line.
The signing would be brought in to provide competition and cover for Wesley, who has started his Villa career promisingly, scoring four goals in eight games.
Villa have been relatively impressive going forward this season despite losing Tammy Abraham over the summer, having scored 13 goals already.
They’re overperforming when their league position is taken into account, with none of the other teams in the bottom half of the table netting more.
However, Dean Smith is short of options if Wesley goes off the boil or runs out of steam, with Keinan Davis not ready to start league games and Jonathan Kodjia unproven at this level.
But never mind next term, it’s important that £20m is set aside and is spent well in January, because that could be the difference between Villa staying up or going back down in May.
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