Report: Aston Villa being priced out of deals for Butland, Etheridge and Mings

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith celebrates following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London, United...

Aston Villa's attempts to strengthen their squad are being foiled.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith celebrates following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London, United...

According to The Sun, Aston Villa are being priced out of moves for Jack Butland, Neil Etheridge and Tyrone Mings as Dean Smith hits a wall in his attempts to strengthen his squad.

Villa have already enjoyed a strong start to the window by securing Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi permanently, as well as Jota and Wesley as new arrivals.

However, Smith is now being frustrated in the transfer market, particularly with his attempts to bring in a goalkeeper, with Cardiff and Stoke standing firm respectively on Etheridge and Butland.

 

Bournemouth are taking a similar stance on defender Mings, who played a key role for Smith in the second half of the season as Villa won promotion.

That's three top targets that Villa are struggling to sign, and they're all important ones to Smith, having identified them as key players to bring in.

Smith has already worked with Etheridge and Mings, at Walsall and Villa respectively, so knows just how important they would be if signed, whilst Butland offers a top goalkeeping option if the familiar Etheridge is unavailable.

Neil Etheridge of Cardiff City  during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on April 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

For now, Villa can't sign any of them, and it may take some frustrating negotiations to get deals done, which feels even more frustrating after such a great start to the window.

Add in that Leeds are demanding £30million for Kalvin Phillips and the Daily Mail claim Nottingham Forest are pricing Villa out of a deal for boyhood fan Joe Lolley, and there appears to be some frustration at Villa Park at the asking prices for their targets.

Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa celebrate during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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