According to reports, Aston Villa are interested in signing Burnley winger Dwight McNeil this summer.
What’s the story?
With the 2020/21 Premier League now entering its final weeks, attention will soon be turning towards the start of the transfer window, and it appears that Dean Smith’s side already have some plans firmed up.
Football Insider claimed that Villa have their eyes on McNeil, with the 21-year-old “one of the top targets of their recruitment team” and the Midlanders “lining up a huge bid for him”.
Should Villa sign McNeil?
The report added that the winger’s recent new contract with Burnley will not deter Villa, with the signing of a new wide forward high on the summer agenda for Johan Lange and co.
Premier League star
While two goals and five assists in the Premier League this season is hardly something to shout about, the 21-year-old is playing for a Burnley side who have hardly come to be known as a swashbuckling, attack-minded side in their years under Sean Dyche.
McNeil has arguably been one of the few standout performers going forward for the Clarets, and it’s something which has previously caught the eye of Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.
He said: “Dwight McNeil is such a good player, lovely left foot, doesn’t stop running. Every time I watch him he gets better and better, he’s got real quality and certainly a player that the top six to eight clubs will be looking at, and that’s no disrespect to Burnley because I don’t like saying that sometimes, but he is that good.”
Given that Villa appear to have taken a real step forward this season after only just surviving relegation from the Premier League in 2020, it’s no surprise they are intent on taking another leap come the summer with a swoop for the £60m-rated McNeil.
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