Mark Cooper denies Aston Villa transfer speculation, Sherwood linked with Luongo reunion

Swindon Town

Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Swindon midfielder Massimo Luongo.

Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper has told Total Swindon Sport that isn't aware of any bid from Aston Villa for playmaker Massimo Luongo.

Luongo, 22, was previously on the books at Tottenham before dropping down to League One with Swindon, and the Australian hasn't looked back since.

The midfield maestro is League One's top playmaker, chipping in with six goals as the Robins make a push for promotion to the Championship.

Additionally, Luongo is proving himself on the international stage too. As Australia clinched the Asian Cup trophy at the turn of the year, Luongo was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, again underlining his huge ability.

It's therefore little surprise that transfer rumours are starting to swirl about Luongo, given that the transfer window is almost open again.

The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood, who was with Luongo at Tottenham, is eyeing up a bid to give him Premier League football this summer, whilst he's even been spotted watching Swindon this month - with Luongo surely the reason for his visit.

However, Swindon boss Cooper has told Total Swindon Sport that whilst it's natural to connect Luongo with Villa because of Sherwood, he hasn't heard of any concrete interest.

"Not that I know of," said Cooper when asked if there was any truth to the speculation. "You’re always going to have that link with Aston Villa now that Tim’s there but I’ve not heard anything different at the moment."

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