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Aston Villa find striker solution with Raul de Tomas transfer under consideration, as Steven Gerrard seeks key assurance

Raul de Tomas in the Espanyol dugout

Aston Villa have looked into a deal for Spanish striker Raul de Tomas, according to reports, although Steven Gerrard is carrying out extensive checks.

There was a productive start to the summer transfer window for Aston Villa. They made deals for loanees Philippe Coutinho and Robin Olsen permanent. In addition, they brought in Diego Carlos from Sevilla and Boubacar Kamara from Marseille.

However, their activity regarding incomings has gone a little quiet since. There may yet be areas of their squad they want to reinforce further.

For example, finding a new centre-forward may be useful for Steven Gerrard. His side only had one player – Ollie Watkins – to reach double figures of goals last season.

There have also been some doubts about the future of former Southampton striker Danny Ings at Villa Park.

Hence, Aston Villa are looking for a reliable goalscorer to take them to the next level. In that regard, De Tomas has been identified as an option.

He scored 23 goals in the 2020-21 season to help Espanyol earn promotion to La Liga. Subsequently, he scored 17 top-flight goals in 2021-22.

If he can replicate those kind of numbers in England, De Tomas would be a useful recruit for Aston Villa. Transfer reporter Dean Jones is of the belief that such a move is one that the club are looking into.

Jones told Give Me Sport: “I think it’s one that’s been explored.

“I think that ultimately, Steven Gerrard needs to know for sure that it definitely elevates their goal output for next season. That’s what he’s trying to make sure of; there can be no risks taken here.”

Plenty of factors to weigh up for Raul de Tomas

The striker signing is certainly something Villa will want to get right. Although they were the top scorers in the bottom half of the Premier League last season, they need someone they can rely on to help them strive towards the top half.

De Tomas is an intriguing target. The former Real Madrid product is in the prime of his career at the age of 27.

However, he has no goals from four caps for Spain and he failed to score in the league for Benfica during what was his only venture outside his native country so far.

That said, De Tomas has attracted a number of Premier League clubs before. There have been links with Arsenal, which shows the kind of pedigree De Tomas has.

He would be an exciting signing for Villa, but it is understandable why Gerrard may want to put in as much research on him as possible before making a commitment.

What’s more, a few days ago, a report from Spanish outlet AS claimed that De Tomas may be holding out for a return to Real Madrid. Hence, Villa may have to work hard to convince him to choose them instead if they firm up their interest.

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