Aston Villa are targeting Burnley’s Dwight McNeil and are preparing a “huge bid” for him this summer, according to a report.
Villa look poised to test the resolve of the Clarets and the 21-year-old winger in the next couple of months. McNeil only signed a new contract with Burnley last October that runs until 2024 and has the option of a further year.
“I’m delighted to sign a new contract. I love playing for the club and it’s a club I want to be at,” said McNeil after extending his Turf Moor deal.
However, Football Insider suggest that Villa have McNeil at the top of their wanted list. The outlet suggest a source has told them that Villa will make a “huge bid” for the England Under-21 man this summer. And Dean Smith will have to pay good money for McNeil, whose long contract has secured his transfer value.
With Burnley all but assured of their Premier League status again, McNeil may well have a big decision to make in the coming months.
Smith is reportedly looking for two wide options this summer, with Rochdale-born McNeil one of those on his wanted list.
McNeil was instrumental and scored in Burnley’s 3-2 win over Villa at Turf Moor in January. He has made 31 Premier League appearances this season, scoring twice and providing five assists.
Villa eye Cantwell
Meanwhile, Villa will reportedly look to sign Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell if they lose talisman Jack Grealish in the summer.
The Villans appeared to have nailed down Grealish for the foreseeable future when he penned a new deal in September.
The 25-year-old extended his contract until the summer of 2025, seemingly warding off any suitors. But it was reported earlier his month that the England midfielder has a release clause in his contract.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is said to be big fan. And the Premier League table-toppers may be willing to match that figure this summer.