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If reports on £25m PL striker are correct, Aston Villa may be about to make big transfer mistake

After making the first statement of the transfer window, Aston Villa now appear to be on the lookout for a new striker.

Dean Smith’s men sent out a huge message to their rivals by breaking their club-record to sign Emi Buendia.

Their focus now looks to be further forward. And it seems that the latest name linked with a move has been Chris Wood.

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According to the Daily Mirror, the Villans are one of three Premier League sides keen on the 29-year-old.

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The reports divided some of the fans on social media. But the general sense seemed to be that he would not be a good signing due to Burnley’s asking price.

According to the Mirror, the Clarets would demand more than £25 million for the New Zealander.

In fairness, Wood has been a very good performer for Sean Dyche’s side. He scored 12 Premier League goals this past season.

However, given other reports linking Villa with another Premier League striker, perhaps it is fair to say that signing Wood would be a poor piece of business from Smith’s men.

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According to the Daily Mail earlier this month, Villa are also one of three sides keen on Tammy Abraham. West Ham and Wolves also want the Chelsea man.

From the outside, Abraham looks to be out of favour at Stamford Bridge. And Chelsea are reportedly open to selling him.

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Admittedly, Abraham will cost considerably more. The Daily Mail suggests that his asking price is £40 million.

And Wood would perhaps allow Villa to move further away from Plan A when necessary.

But if Villa are only going to sign one, surely Abraham is the one they need.

Abraham scored 15 Premier League goals last season. That is a better tally than Wood has managed in any of his four campaigns in the top flight.

Abraham is also less of an unknown quantity. He enjoyed an outstanding loan spell at Villa Park earlier in his career.

And shortly after Abraham’s 24th birthday later this year, Wood will turn 30.

So of the two, it is surely a no-brainer for Villa to prioritise a move for Abraham over the Burnley forward – even if they have to pay more.

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