Aston Villa have not followed up their interest in Tjaronn Chery, confirms agent

The Groningen midfielder has been linked with a move to Aston Villa.

It was reported by the Birmingham Mail that Villa were planning a move for Tjaronn Chery earlier this month, but his agent has confirmed to Voetbal International that they have not made another offer after their first approach.

He said: “There was also serious British interest. But after we had turned down an offer [from Villa], we have not heard anything.”

Although confirming that the Midlands club were interested in Chery, the agent has admitted that they have yet to follow up their opening offer with another bid.

The Mail report states that the opening offer was of roughly £3 million, which after Chery’s impressive season does seem low. The 27-year-old playmaker scored 15 goals and registered six assists in 35 games last term, building a reputation as one of the best attacking midfielders in the Dutch top division.

However, Villa chiefs clearly do not feel as if Chery is worth more than their £3 million valuation, and would rather pursue other targets ahead of the Groningen man.

Yet, Chery is the only real playmaker who has been linked to Villa in recent weeks, and it is evident that improving the attacking midfield zone is imperative this summer.

There are few players in the current squad who can consistently create chances, with the midfielders more of the possession-keeping type, and moving for Chery should be one Tim Sherwood’s main aims for this transfer window.

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