Report: Nottingham Forest want £15m for Aston Villa-linked Joe Lolley

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith looks on during the Sky Bet Championship game between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on May 05, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Nottingham Forest are reportedly looking for an eight-figure fee for Aston Villa target Joe Lolley.

Nottingham Forest's Joe Lolley battles with  Ipswich Town's Myles Kenlock

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (2/6; page 59), Nottingham Forest are set to demand £15 million for Joe Lolley with Aston Villa interested in taking him with them to the Premier League.

Dean Smith is getting his preparations underway after they became the final team to book their place at England's top table next season by beating Derby County 2-1 at Wembley in the Championship play-off final.

 

And The Sun on Sunday (2/6; page 59) has suggested that one of the players that he may look to sign this summer is Lolley, who enjoyed an outstanding campaign at the City Ground, scoring 11 goals and contributing 11 assists for Forest.

The Sun suggests that Smith wanted Lolley in January, but will have to offer more than double what was on the table at the start of the year with Forest now demanding £15 million for their key man.

Charlie Adam of Stoke City battles with Joe Lolley of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Nottingham Forest at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-...

It will be interesting to find out what Smith makes of Forest's reported demands. Lolley could be heading towards the best years of his career, but he lacks top flight experience and has got nowhere near the goals and assists stats that he boasts from this past season previously.

But if Smith is confident that Lolley can make a similar impact in the top flight, then paying £15 million could prove to be an inspired decision from the Villans. 

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Aston Villa's Bodymoor Heath training ground on May 07, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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