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Aston Villa media round-up: Breel Embolo is targeted, Augustinsson commits to Copenhagen

A selection of stories in the media involving Aston Villa from the past 24 hours…

Aston Villa have reportedly begun the search for Christian Benteke’s replacement, after becoming resigned to losing him, and The Mirror claim FC Basel wonderkid Breel Embolo is on their shortlist.

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.

Another reported target, Swedish left-back Ludwig Augustinsson, appears to be staying put, if his interview on FC Copenhagen’s official website is to be believed.

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 Times report on the chase for another potential Benteke replacement, claiming the Villains are set to go head to head with West Ham for FC Sion striker Moussa Konate.

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.

Finally, new arrival Micah Richards spoke to the club's official site about the difference between his pre-season this year and that of last year.

"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."

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