Report: Aston Villa considering bid for £2.5m Dijon striker Julio Tavares

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on January 8, 2017 in London, England.

Aston Villa reportedly want a striker but would Dijon's Ligue 1 ace Julio Tavares cut the mustard in English football?

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa in action during a training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on August 03, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

With just hours left in the transfer window, it seems that Steve Bruce has made a new striker his top priority.

The Birmingham Mail reported this week that Aston Villa would love to sign Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea, although the two-time England international is more likely to join another Premier League club instead.


That is why Villa have allegedly identified Manchester City’s 19-year-old Lukas Nmecha as an alternative. The teenager, who scored 15 goals in 11 Premier League 2 games last season, was in the director’s box as the Villans beat Hull City 3-1 on Monday.

But the Mail (live blog, 10.27pm) is reporting that Aston Villa are also looking at more experienced options, too. The 29-year-old Dijon striker Julio Tavares is understood to be on Bruce’s radar after netting an impressive 12 Ligue 1 goals last season.

Dijon's forward Julio Tavares (L) from Cape Verde celebrates after scoring a penalty during the French L1 football match Dijon (DFCO) vs Stade Malherbe de Caen (SMC) on February 24, 2018...

The Mail adds that Bruce is weighing up a move for Tavares, who could move for £2.5 million; although the Cape Verde international does have a number of other suitors.

Quick and powerful, Tavares could prove to be a good fit for English football and would provide competition for the inconsistent Jonathan Kodjia, Scott Hogan and Keinan Davis in attack.

Dijon's Cap Verdean forward Julio Tavares celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Dijon (DFCO) and Angers (ASCO) on May 19, 2018, at the Gaston Gerard...

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