Report: Costel Pantilimon concerned Aston Villa want him to drop £50,000-a-week wages

Watford's Costel Pantilimon

Watford goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon seems unconvinced by a move to Aston Villa.

Watford's Costel PantilimonWatford's Costel Pantilimon

According to The Mirror, Aston Villa are stepping up their pursuit of Watford goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon - but he isn't keen on taking a pay cut.

Villa had problems in goal last season, as neither Brad Guzan nor Mark Bunn impressed, and with Villa now relegated to the Championship, a new shot stopper should be a top target for new manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Watford's Costel Pantilimon

Di Matteo has already made his first signing in Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick, but a number of goalkeepers are being linked with moves to Villa Park.

Now, The Mirror report that Di Matteo is now stepping up his pursuit of Watford goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, but could face problems convincing the Romanian to make the move to Birmingham.

Romania's Costel Pantilimon during training

Pantilimon, 29, made 49 appearances for Sunderland before being sold onto Watford in January, but he spent his time at Vicarage Road as a backup to Heurelho Gomes, making just four competitive appearances for the Hornets.

Now, Villa appear keen to hand Pantilimon some regular first-team football, and want the 6ft 8in to be their first-choice goalkeeper in the Championship next season.

Watford's Costel Pantilimon is dejected as he gestures to their fans at full time

However, it's claimed that Di Matteo has some work to do, as Pantilimon is concerned that he would have to drop his £50,000-a-week wages in order to make the move to Villa Park this summer.

It's also reported that Di Matteo is desperate to replace Guzan, and will make another move to tempt Pantilimon into joining Villa - but those wage concerns could scupper the deal.

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