Villa are preparing for their return to the Premier League, and one of the areas that Dean Smith is seemingly looking to strengthen is in goal despite Jed Steer's impressive run between the sticks during the second-half of this past campaign.
Wales Online reports that an £8 million bid was made for the Philippines international, but the Bluebirds have turned down the offer as they look to hold onto one of their key men ahead of what they will hope is a brief stay in the Championship.
Etheridge was arguably Cardiff's best performer as Neil Warnock's men failed to beat the drop in the Premier League this past season. And that is why most of the Villa supporters on social media appear to be happy with the links.
While Steer performed well, it appears that plenty of fans believe that Etheridge is an upgrade that Villa need to get through the door, especially as there are concerns about their other goalkeeper options.
There are some who want Steer to be given a chance or feel that signing another goalkeeper is somewhat unnecessary. But the majority appear to be in favour of an improved bid being made.
Here is how some of the fans have reacted to the reports...
A must for me. He’s been great for Cardiff.— Shannon (@Love_AVFC) June 3, 2019
Top keeper if we get him no way he’s going to be number 2, number 1 all day— Rooney (@LooWeeLooLoo) June 3, 2019
Good , quality keeper last season remember him stopping the city game becoming a cricket score. 10 mill ? Better than 25 mill but land for sure .— AVFC (@Ibby06245844) June 3, 2019
As much as I like Steer you gotta go with Etheridge. Has played at the premier league level.— Keith Aston (@k_aston15) June 3, 2019
Anybody who don’t like this deal is a fool .was brilliant last season for Cardiff, without him they would of been relegated by Xmas!— JoshuaWager. (@Joshalfiewager) June 3, 2019
Why man, he was gold last year but doesn’t Steer deserve his chance. Made numerous crucial saves vital to our success last season. #avfc— James Lancaster (@jlancaster0902) June 3, 2019
For the right price he would be a great signing. Kept Cardiff in several games this season.— George Burford (@georgeburfutv) June 3, 2019
Good move if you ask me— GIGBUDDY23 (@GIGBUDDY23) June 3, 2019
Etheridge? Yes please, watched him a lot in the Prem last season with Cardiff quality underrated goalkeeper #AVFC— Liam (@Akining_) June 3, 2019
If we're actually going for Etheridge, I'd be extremely happy with that, quality shot stopper #avfc— Claire (@FloppyChicken92) June 3, 2019
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