Aston Villa fans respond to reports they wanted Leo Bonatini

Aston Villa fans celebrate during the FA Cup Semi Final between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on April 19, 2015 in London, England.

Leo Bonatini is a regular starter for Wolverhampton Wanderers but he nearly joined Championship rivals Aston Villa instead last summer.

Leo Bonatini of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Wolverhampton...

Fortunately for Aston Villa, missing out on Leo Bonatini last summer did not come back to haunt them on Saturday evening.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Villa wanted to sign the Brazilian striker from Saudi side Al-Hilal but were forced to drop the deal as they could not afford him. Financial Fair Play limitations mean that Villa have barely spent a penny in each of the last two transfer windows.

But Bonatini failed to show Steve Bruce and co what they were missing at Villa Park. In the end, the former Sao Paolo striker joined Midlands rivals Wolves instead but, after 12 goals in his first 20 games for the club, is bang out of form.

Leo Bonatini of Wolverhampton Wanderers runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Andrews on December 4, 2017 in...

He was completely ineffective against John Terry and the excellent James Chester as Villa cruised to a 4-1 win against the league leaders. As a result, it is now 15 games since Bonatini last hit the back of the net.

And, on this evidence, Villa fans are not too concerned about the fact that Wolves, whose Jorge Mendes-led transfer activity has been the subject of a complaint from their Midland rivals according to the Telegraph, swooped in to sign Bonatini from under their nose.

Lo Bonatini of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park on March 10, 2018 in Birmingham,...

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