Report: Aston Villa hope to reach compromise to sign Blackburn's Rudy Gestede

Aston Villa are reportedly pushing ahead with a move for Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede.

According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are pushing to complete a deal for Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede - and are willing to offer players out on loan to seal the move.

Villa have been busy in the transfer market this summer, snapping up Mark Bunn, Micah Richards, Jordan Amavi, Jose Angel Crespo, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew - but manager Tim Sherwood still needs attacking reinforcements even after the signing of Ayew.

The sale of star striker Christian Benteke to Liverpool has left a big void to fill in the Villa side, and whilst The Telegraph report that Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor is undergoing a medical to reunite with Sherwood, more may be needed in attack.

As a result, the Daily Mail report that Villa are in negotiations with Blackburn over a deal to sign 26-year-old forward Gestede, who smashed 22 goals for Rovers last season.

The French-born Benin international established himself as one of the Championship's deadliest strikers last season, dominating defenders with his giant frame, superb strength and excellent aerial ability.

The report states that whilst Blackburn want £8m for Gestede, Villa are hoping to strike a compromise worth £6m for the striker, in a deal which would see Villa youngsters head to Ewood Park on loan.

The likes of Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Aleksandar Tonev and Callum Robinson could be prime candidates to spend time on loan with Gary Bowyer's men, with first team football at Villa unlikely next season.

A move for Gestede would give Sherwood an interesting mix of strikers; the pace and versatility of Ayew, the Premier League experience of Adebayor and two physical target men in Gestede and Libor Kozak.

It seems that rather than splash out for one striker to replace Benteke, Sherwood is bringing in a number of players in a bid to share the goalscoring burden - and having seen Liverpool and Tottenham struggle with similar strategies when replacing Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale respectively, Sherwood has to hope that he can buck the trend.

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