Belgian football expert says Aston Villa showed real interest in Laurent Depoitre in January, but shirked at £14m price-tag

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The Gent attacker came at a costly price to any suitors.

Belgian international striker Laurent Depoitre has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months.

He has been something of a breakthrough star in Belgian football this season - scoring 12 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions for Gent.

Now Belgian football expert Kristoff Terreur has informed talkSPORT that only one English team made a genuine and serious attempt to sign Depoitre in January. The club in question were Aston Villa. The Premier League's basement club are currently doomed to relegation but certainly could have done with the striker.

However they shirked at the £14 million asking price, according to Terreur:

“He is made for the Premier League. Only maybe six [of the clubs mentioned are scouting him].

“He is the best Belgian striker [in the country's top-flight] but I don’t think the big teams are looking to him because in the winter transfer window he was offered everywhere by his agent.

“Only a few clubs showed real interest, one of them was Aston villa for instance, but he was too expensive as they were asking for £14million."

Aston Villa have struggled for goals this season with Rudy Gestede a flop, Gabriel Agbonlahor's fitness woes and Jordan Ayew inconsistent - not to mention the departure of another Belgian in Christian Benteke.

In the end nobody signed him and in fairness Villa would have found it hard to justify spending £14 million when they look like certainties for relegation to the Championship.

Depoitre is unlikely to be on Villa's radar again next season but do not be surprised if he pops up in the Premier League somewhere.

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