Lincoln City promotion winning forward Bruno Andrade could be offered a chance much higher up the football pyramid this summer with Aston Villa giving serious consideration to signing the 25-year-old, according to the Lincolnshire Live.
The former Queens Park Rangers youngster was one of The Imps’ top performers as they stormed to the League Two title, scoring ten goals in the fourth tier of English football while providing a further six assists from his favoured role on the left wing.
And Andrade’s form has apparently caught the eye of Midland giants Aston Villa.
Dean Smith’s side are just one game away from returning to the Premier League after beating West Brom in the Championship play-off semi-final and they could apparently make the Portuguese attacker one of their first summer signings.
A Portsmouth side who are fighting for promotion from the third tier are also interested in Andrade, who joined Lincoln from non-league Boreham Wood in 2018.
Andrade played alongside a young Raheem Sterling during his formative years at QPR and, while the latter has gone on to bigger and better things, the £49 million Manchester City superstar hasn’t forgotten about his old friend, admitting that Andrade's ability to beat a man with ease encouraged him to change his own game.
“One of my friends, Bruno Andrade, was so quick he used to knock the ball past whoever he was playing against and I thought ‘Why can’t I do that?” Sterling said in quotes reported by the SurreyLive.
"Until then, I would try to dribble and maybe try a stepover but he would just knock it, then - beep-beep - and he was so fast he would get there first.
“So one weekend I tried it too, and it worked.”
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