Wolves winning Sean Clare race would pour salt in Aston Villa's wounds

Villa boss Steve Bruce reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Aston Villa have been forced to pull out of a deal to sign Sheffield Wednesday's Sean Clare - and now Premeir League Wolves are reportedly interested.

Sean Clare of Gillingham celebrates scoring during the Sky Bet League One match between A.F.C. Wimbledon and Gillingham at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on September 12, 2017 in Kingston...

As if it couldn’t get any worse for Aston Villa, a player that seemed certain to be wearing claret and blue in the near future could end up posing in the gold of Wolves instead.

Villa looked to have pulled off a massive coup with TEAMtalk reporting that they were set to beat a whole host of Premier League sides to Sheffield Wednesday's out-of-contract midfielder Sean Clare. The former Gillingham loanee made just five Championship appearances in 2017/18 due to injury but his talent was there for all to see, particularly when he scored against Aston Villa to cap a fine individual performance back in March.

Sean Clare of Gillingham in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Northampton Town at Priestfield Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Gillingham, .

But after defeat in the play-off final preceded the dire financial crisis that has Villa suddenly being forced to sell many of their key players, the Sheffield Star reported that the Midland giants suddenly had to pull out of a move for Clare.

And, just to rub salt into the wounds, TEAMtalk report that the 21-year-old could now be on his way to bitter rivals Wolves instead.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates winning the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Brentford at Molineux on January 2, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England.

The reigning Championship winners are understood to be one of the clubs very interested in signing arguably the most in-demand midfielder outside of the Premier League and, thanks to the exciting project taking shape at Molineux, they are surely one of Clare’s most tempting options.

So Aston Villa’s summer could be about to get even tougher.

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