Report: Jesus Garcia Pitarch searching Europe for Aston Villa strike-targets

Dean Smith the manager

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith wants to bring in a new number nine this summer.

A general view of Villa Park home stadium of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford  at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has strike targets on the continent.

Villa are looking to bring in another forward this summer, as they look to fill the void left by Tammy Abraham’s departure.


In an ideal world Villa would sign Abraham again from Chelsea, but that is proving to be very difficult.

The Birmingham Mail now suggest that Dean Smith has Dwight Gayle and Neal Maupay in mind from potential targets.

Dean Smith the head coach

However, Pitarch is said to be scouring Europe for options, and a striker could therefore arrive from overseas.

Villa have been linked with Maxi Gomez of Celta Vigo today, and Pitarch’s plan may well give credence to those rumours.

The claret and blues have already been active this summer, with Jota arriving and Anwar El Ghazi and Kortney Hause expected to join soon.

Maxi Gomez celebration during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona v Real Club Celta de Vigo, in Barcelona, on December 02, 2017. Photo: Joan Valls

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