Bristol Live have claimed that Aston Villa are inching towards the signing of Bristol City Player of the Year Adam Webster, with the report claiming a compromise can be met over his asking price.
Webster, 24, won the Bristol City Player of the Year award after shining for Lee Johnson’s side last term. He only joined the club from Portsmouth earlier on in the summer, prior to the 2018-19 campaign.
Villa saw a £12million bid rejected for Webster’s services last month, but they remained in talks as per the report. Bristol City shocked Villa with their asking price for Webster, stating they wanted £30million for his signature.
But with negotiations ongoing, it is now believed Villa have taken a step closer to the signature of Webster with the two sides looking to complete a compromise. It means the clubs could meet in the middle.
The report reckons a fee between £20million and £25million could be met, which would see Webster hold the record for most expensive Championship sale for a defender. Moussa Sissoko’s move to Spurs is the most, at £30million.
TBR’s view – Webster is good, but Villa are paying over the odds
There is no doubt that Webster is one of the best Championship defenders around. But he was overshadowed by those at the top, including Leeds skipper Liam Cooper and Sheffield United’s defenders.
A fee of £15million would be fair, but if Villa are told to pay anything more than that, then they should be looking elsewhere for a centre-back this summer. It is not that Bristol City value him higher, they just want to keep him.