Report: Aston Villa prioritise goalkeeper buy; eyeing Neil Etheridge

Aston Villa manager \ head coach Dean Smith during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Shrewsbury Town and Aston Villa at Montgomery Waters Meadow on July 21, 2019 in Shrewsbury, England.

Aston Villa are reportedly planning to step up their goalkeeper pursuit as they near their 11th signing of the summer.

Aston Villa manager \ head coach Dean Smith during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Shrewsbury Town and Aston Villa at Montgomery Waters Meadow on July 21, 2019 in Shrewsbury, England.

According to a report from the Express and Star, Aston Villa are now planning to prioritise signing a new goalkeeper as they close in on their latest addition during this window.

Dean Smith's men have been incredibly busy since securing the club's return to the Premier League at the end of last season. Trezeguet became the Villans' ninth signing earlier this week before Douglas Luiz brought up the double figures, and Sky Sports reports that a fee has now been agreed with Club Brugge for Marvelous Nakamba.

 

The Express and Star reports that the attention is now going to switch to getting a new goalkeeper, with Neil Etheridge still on the radar, while talks with Tom Heaton have, so far, come to nothing. They are also interested in Jack Butland, with Stoke City adamant that they will not accept anything less than £23 million.

Unless there is a breakthrough with one of the other two targets, it would appear that going after Etheridge may be a sensible move given that their attempts to land Butland and Heaton have seen the club crash into stumbling blocks. 

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.

It would be a big boost for Villa if they could sign a new stopper. Jed Steer's form since becoming number one suggests that he could do a decent job at the highest level, but he would have a point to prove if he did get a chance at the start of the new season.

Etheridge was incredibly impressive despite Cardiff's relegation, while Heaton and Butland both look to offer a very safe pair of hands. It has been a brilliant window for Villa, and getting one of the three men on their radar would probably be the icing on the cake. 

Jack Butland of Stoke City celebrates his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Sheffield United at Bet365 Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Stoke on...

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