Aston Villa are preparing a £7 million summer swoop for Eredivisie leading scorer Bas Dost, according to The Sun.
The Heerenveen striker has hit an astonishing 23 goals in 19 games to top the Eredivisie scoring charts, and he could be on his way to England to try and solve Aston Villa’s attacking woes.
The 22 year-old said:
“I have heard about the interest from Aston Villa and it is very flattering and nice.
“I have been aware of it for some time and I know that Aston Villa are not having a good season but it still looks a good move.
“I spoke with my agent and we have discussed the matter but there has been no further contact and I have to wait. I cannot say any more but maybe there will be developments.”
Dost spent the 2007-08 season at Eerste Divisie outfit Emmen before moving to the top tier with Heracles Almelo the following season.
It was at the Polman stadium where Dost made a name for himself, in 2008 he made his debut for the Dutch Under-21 national team where he has scored five goals in ten games.
Heerenveen recognised his talent and brought him to northern Holland in 2010. His first season was a success, the 6’5 giant scored 13 goals in 32 appearances but this proved to be merely the prelude of something much bigger.
His brilliant goal scoring record this season has helped Heerenveen move to sixth in the table, just five points of leaders AZ Alkmaar, and with a realistic chance of winning the league for the first time in their history.
The man to sharpen up Villa’s faultering front line?
Aston Villa could certainly do with a man of Dost’s undoubted talent and goalscoring ability.
Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey simply have not cut it this season. Granted Bent is now injured, but nine goals in 22 appearances is really not that impressive and the former Spurs’ striker is capable of much better.
Emile Heskey, with his solitary goal in nineteen appearances should call it a day, and I don’t think many, if any, Villa fans would disagree with that.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has fared slightly better with five goals and five assists this term, but the England international has never been a natural goalscorer.
Robbie Keane did quite well during his spell on loan from LA Galaxy, but this was always just a short-term effort to try and bring some goals to a blunted Villa attack.
Dost seems like the perfect foil for McCleish, but can he persuade the towering striker to join if bigger clubs come sniffing?