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Speaking on the Claret & Blue Podcast, journalist Ashley Preece has given an update on Leon Bailey’s potential move to Aston Villa.

The Jamaican is reportedly a target for the Midlands club this summer, and it sounds as though a move could come to fruition in the coming weeks.

Preece says that he expects Bailey to join Villa if the club are willing to meet Bayer Leverkusen’s asking price, which is set at £30m (€35m).

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What’s been said?

Preece gave an update on Bailey to Villa.

“Leverkusen have a valuation of £30m (€35m), Villa are yet to meet that, they’re €5m off the valuation, so talks are continuing. It’s clear to see there’s a real interest there, but the only thing now is that Wolves and Leicester have been credited with interest as well, so a bit of a tug of war as it were. Villa are in pole position to sign him if they meet that valuation, simple as that. He’s the number one target now for Villa, and they need to meet Leverkusen’s valuation, his quote was ‘it’s all about the money now’, so it’s up to whether Villa stump up with it, and should they do that, I think Bailey will be a Villa player, but until then nothing is going to happen,” Preece said.

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Matter of time

Surely this deal is just a matter of time now.

Villa are only €5m short of Leverkusen’s asking price, and while they’re tough negotiators, it’s hard to imagine they’ll let their so-called top target slip through their fingers over such a minimal figure.

The winger would certainly be an exciting addition to Dean Smith’s squad, and it’s hard to imagine we won’t be seeing him in Claret and Blue next season.

Fingers crossed Villa can get this one over the line.

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