According to details acquired by The Athletic, Aston Villa will make yet another attempt to sign Algerian forward Saïd Benrahma from Brentford. President Dean Smith also wanted the 24-year-old last summer, but Villa’s offer reportedly fell short of the asking price of £ 20 million for the Bees.

The Villains eventually decided to sign Kasimpasa’s Trezeguet in the course of their £133.7 million summer shopping spree but would re-enter the race for Benrahma after the former had not met expectations so far. However, the Brentford star, who scored ten and assisted another eight goals this season in 34 championship games, would only join if the Birmingham side stayed up.

With Chelsea, West Ham and Crystal Palace also claimed to be interested in Benrahma, Smith faces huge competition in his attempt to land his top target, according to The Athletic. The three-time Algeria international, who joined Brentford in 2018 for £ 1.5 million from French side OGC Nice, is expected to play in the Premier League again next season – perhaps also with his current team, who remain in the hunt for a playoff spot should the season resume.

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