Aston Villa's interest in Massimo Luongo could now 'move forward', says agent

Swindon Town

Massimo Luongo's agent has hinted that Aston Villa are interested in signing the Australia.

The agent of Swindon Town midfielder Massimo Luongo has told Wiltshire Business that Aston Villa could now firm up their interest in the Australian.

Luongo, 22, joined Tottenham in 2011 but lasted just two-and-a-half years at White Hart Lane, being sold to Swindon in 2013 without ever making a first-team appearance for Spurs.

Now though, the Australia international is one of the top midfielders in the Football League, turning in a number of impressive displays for Swindon as the Robins push for promotion to the Championship.

Next Sunday, Swindon take on Preston North End at Wembley in the League One play-off final, in what is expected to be Luongo's final game for the club - even if they win.

Recent reports from ESPN have suggested that Aston Villa are already in advanced talks with Swindon to reunite Luongo with Villa boss Tim Sherwood, having worked together in the Under-21 setup at Tottenham previously.

Of course, the transfer window isn't quite upon us just yet, but it's certainly drawing closer - and despite the reports of a move to Villa, his advisor David Magrone has hinted to Wiltshire Business that Villa are indeed interested, and whilst a deal isn't immediately close, their Premier League survival could now get the wheels in motion to strike a deal.

"There is no update. There is plenty of interest but there is nothing concrete," said Magrone. "There are still other priorities for a lot of clubs. If you take Aston Villa for example, they have not 100 per cent secured their survival yet, so once they are assured of that, maybe that will move forward," he continued, speaking before Villa's Premier League status was confirmed on Saturday evening.

"There is still a lot of interest and the fact that he is still on a stage - he has got Wembley coming up in a week, so it is important that he plays well and I am sure there will be more eyes on him then. It is the last time people will really see him before they are going to have to make decisions," he added.

Having won the Most Valuable Player award at the 2015 Asia Cup, Luongo's stock is rising - and Sherwood will no doubt be an interested party next Sunday as Luongo plays at Wembley.

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