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Report: Club will 'not offer a penny more' for Aston Villa target after having £5m bid rejected

Crystal Palace have reportedly had a £5m bid rejected for Watford midfielder and Aston Villa target Will Hughes.

According to the Sun, the Eagles have had an offer knocked back for the 26-year-old Hornets star.

Although Hughes is currently training with the U-23s after refusing to sign a new contract, Watford believe the midfielder is worth more than £5m.

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Moreover, as per the report, Palace ‘will not offer a penny more’ for Hughes this window.

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According to the Express, Dean Smith is a big fan of the former Derby County star. And this news could put Villa in the clear to sign the midfielder.

The Midlands side are eager to sign a central midfielder this window. Reports have suggested that Villa are keen to bring Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse in this window.

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However, all attempts so far to sign the England international have proved unsuccessful.

With Palace now testing the waters with Watford on Hughes and having a £5m bid rejected for the midfielder, Villa could now sense an opportunity to sign the 26-year-old, especially if Patrick Vieira’s side no longer want to continue talks.

With two weeks of the window left to go, Villa still have time on their hands if they want to make a fifth first-team signing this summer.

And with Hughes eager to move on, Watford could break and allow the midfielder to leave for cheap as deadline day approaches.

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