A selection of stories in the media involving Aston Villa from the past 24 hours…
Villa’s pursuit of the pacey frontman maybe not be straightforward however, with The Mirror also claiming Spurs retain an interest in the Swiss international.
He said he was untroubled by the transfer speculation surrounding him and stated: “all my focus is on FC Copenhagen and I have only thought about working again with my colleagues.”
The Senegalese international was previously reported as a target for Watford and Spurs, as per Blick, but the chase now looks to be between be a battle of the Claret and Blues.
Villa may be set to revive their interest in former target Felipe Avenatti after his proposed move to Cagliari fell through, as per CagliariNews24.
TMW reported on Villa and Leeds’ interest in the striker last month but he had looked on course for a Cagliari move. The Serie B club have now turned their attention to Niccolo Giannetti however, clearing the path for Villa to re-enter the chase.
"That was a problem in Florence because I signed on the last day of the transfer window," said Richards.
"Everyone else had already done their pre-season... I had to break my way into the team having gone there so late. Now I can show what I can do early doors."