Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez, according to reports.
The 22-year-old is very highly rated after hitting 14 goals for the La Liga outfit last season and the Birmingham Mail claim reports in Spain have seen Gomez mentioned as a target for Dean Smith.
Apparently the president of his former club Defensor Montevideo, Ney Castillo has claimed he’s been contacted by the Celta attacker who informed him of interest from Villa and also Valencia.
West Ham tied to sign the forward in January, while Liverpool and Tottenham were linked with the Uruguayan only last month.
The Uruguayan hotshot will be allowed to leave the LaLiga side this summer if any club matches the €50million exit clause in his contract, but that fee may be out of reach for Villa.
However, Villa scout Juanfran, who only arrived at Villa Park in December, has told Marca of his admiration for Gomez.
“He is a reference point, he is always well position and attentive to the second balls. Above all, what is asked of a striker are goals,” said the former Spain international, who had five years at Celta.
“That (goalscoring record) is why he interests the Premier League clubs.”