Have Aston Villa's chances of signing Cardiff's Neil Etheridge just increased?

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...

The Cardiff City goalkeeper has been strongly linked with Aston Villa this summer.

Neil Etheridge of Cardiff City celebrates after teammate Sol Bamba scores their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Brighton & Hove Albion at the...

Aston Villa's hopes of signing the Cardiff City goalkeeper, Neil Etheridge, may have received a boost on Thursday.

It was reported earlier this month that Aston Villa had seen an £8 million offer for Etheridge rejected by Cardiff (Express and Star), whose manager, Neil Warnock, later insisted the Bluebirds had received no contact over that particular player (BBC).

 

In between, it was claimed that Etheridge, who is also said to be interesting Liverpool, would be keen on a move to Villa Park (Wales Online) - preferring that to joining the reigning European champions.

And it has since been suggested the Villans are being priced out of a deal for the Phillippines international (The Sun).

Joe Day of Newport County during the Sky Bet League Two Play-off Final  match between Tranmere Rovers and Newport County at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

But any hard-line approach from Cardiff might have softened somewhat after another goalkeeper, Joe Day, arrived at the Championship club from Newport County.

The Bluebirds already employ Alex Smithies in the pair's position, a player for whom they paid QPR £3.6 million to sign a year ago.

Alex Smithies of QPR during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers at Bramall Lane on February 20, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

And with Day now on board, they may be more inclined to part with Etheridge - should an acceptable offer arrive.

It might just be the signal Aston Villa required to test the water in Wales.

Aston Villa, Cardiff, neither? Where will Etheridge start the new season?

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