Aston Villa are weighing up making a £10 million bid for Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
They report that following promotion to the Premier League, Villa have turned their attention to Lolley, who supports the club.
Lolley exploded into life at Forest this season, scoring 12 goals and bagging 11 assists in all competitions, deservedly winning the club’s player of the year award.
He is reportedly the club’s top target, with Dean Smith now looking to add the required quality to his squad to ensure their return to the Premier League is a successful one.
In truth, if Villa could get Lolley for £10 million, it would be an absolute snip in the current climate – with the already inflated global transfer market blown up in the Championship by James Maddison’s £22 million (Independent) move from Norwich to Leicester last summer.
Villa should be prepared to pay double that – for a hard-working, humble player, who had an incredible campaign and is the outstanding talent for a side looking to emulate the Villans by clambering out of the second tier.
£20 million is a lot of money for a player from the second tier but Villa have it now that they’ve earned promotion and Lolley – who is best when cutting in from the right – is on a completely different level to Albert Adomah.