Aston Villa’s efforts to sign Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster in a permanent deal have become “frantic”, according to a report.
Brewster’s immediate future at Anfield is unclear after a recent strong pre-season followed his sensational loan spell. The Englishman has scored two goals in three friendlies, adding to his 11 strikes with Swansea last term.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted his side have yet to decide on the striker’s fate, insisting a decision could arrive in the next few weeks.
Previous reports have mentioned Villa among a long list of suitors for Brewster. What’s more, the likes of Sheffield United and Brighton have registered interest.
According to The Sun, however, it is Villa who are ready to increase their hunt for a new striker. The club’s search for a new front man has reportedly entered “overdrive” after several rejections.
Chelsea have refused to entertain interest in Tammy Abraham, while an approach for Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard has failed. Furthermore, Callum Wilson has now joined Newcastle from Bournemouth.
As such, Villa are willing to beat their rivals to Brewster and believe they have the funds to do so. Boss Dean Smith has made an enquiry, with Liverpool yet to respond.
However, The Sun adds that a deal for Brewster could cost Villa £20million in total should Liverpool wish to sell.
Previous reports have suggested Brewster is a loan target for Tottenham. Klopp, however, could be unwilling to let the rising star boost a Premier League rival’s chances next season.
Among the 20-year-old’s latest contributions are two goals that saw him rescue Liverpool a draw against RB Salzburg.
More recently, the striker suffered disappointment after missing a crucial penalty in the Community Shield clash.
Previous to that, he also scored against Stuttgart as the Reds stepped up their preparations for the new season.
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Liverpool’s first Premier League game of the season sees them face newly-promoted Leeds at Anfield on Saturday.
Klopp has insisted that his players will not defend their title, but rather launch another attack to clinch top spot.
Ahead of their season opener, however, Rio Ferdinand has highlighted how Liverpool’s lack of key injuries has helped them in the previous two campaigns.