By Dominic Toner
Atletico Madrid and Europa League champions Sevilla have moved to sign Hal Robson Kanu, according to a report.
The Daily Star claimed earlier this month that Villa were keen on signing the striker but would face competition from neighbours West Brom and Scottish giants Celtic.
Sky Sports News have now reported that the two Spanish clubs have joined the race for the Welshman and have contacted his representatives.
Hal Robson-Kanu. Released by Reading. Now wanted by Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. pic.twitter.com/y0XJUbF9Gf
— Matt (@_MattLFC) July 28, 2016
The ex-Reading striker is now without a club after running down his contract at The Madjeski Stadium, which means he will be available on a free transfer this summer.
Robson-Kanu was a part of the shock Wales team who reached the last four at Euro 2016 and scored a memorable goal against Belgium in the quarter-final, after a neat Cruyff turn in the box before calmly finishing.
Spanish clubs Atletico and Sevilla have clearly seen enough in the forward to make an approach and he could join European goalscorers such as Fernando Torres, Kevin Gamerio, Fernando Llorente or Antoine Griezmann if he moves to either club.
Villa’s new assistant manager Steve Clarke worked with the English-born striker at Reading in 2015-16, and could yet still be reunited with Robson-Kanu.
The versatile forward struggled for goals in domestic competition last season, only finding the net three times in 28 Championship appearances.
In the latest Aston Villa transfer news, a Ligue 1 club are set to table an offer for the club’s star striker.