Aston Villa reportedly want £30m-rated Brighton ace Lewis Dunk

Dean Smith head coach of during the Sky Bet Championship between Reading and Aston Villa at Madejski Stadium on February 02, 2019 in Reading, England.

Brighton and Hove Albion face a challenge keeping Lewis Dunk with Premier League newcomers Aston Villa reportedly very keen.

Vincent Janssen of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Lewis Dunk of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at Tottenham...

Aston Villa are interested in reinforcing their defence by landing Brighton and Hove Albion hero Lewis Dunk this summer, according to The Sun.

Villa are expected to spend big after sealing their return to the Premier League in May, beating Derby County in a dramatic play-off final at Wembley.

 

Wesley Moraes, the 17-goal Club Brugge striker, is set to be the first new face through the door at a cool £22 million and The Sun reports that Dean Smith’s side will then turn to a number of other targets including Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland and Southampton left-back Matt Targett.

Dunk, however, is a new name in the frame.

Lewis Dunk of Brighton & Hove Albion looks dejected during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 23, 2019 in...

A one club man who has made 270 appearances for Brighton since making his debut a decade ago, the Brighton-born 27-year-old was expected to captain the club next season after the retirement of Bruno Saltor.

But it remains to be seen whether The Seagulls can hang onto the one-time England international with Aston Villa willing to spend big to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

TEAMtalk claimed earlier in the week that Brighton want £30 million for Dunk, who Leicester City have identified as a potential Harry Maguire replacement.

Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy of Brighton & Hove Albion applaud the fans at the end of the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford FC at American Express Community...

 

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