Aston Villa do not need to spend £40million on a striker like Chris Wood, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer claimed Villa may struggle to recruit a striker as Ollie Watkins is a guaranteed starter.

Football Insider revealed on June 2 that Villa are plotting a shock move for the Burnley striker who Burnley value at £30-40million.

West Ham and Everton then joined the race for the New Zealand international two days later.

Burnley are hopeful a bidding war could push the transfer fee to £40million.

That would be a similar fee to the blockbuster Emiliano Buendia deal – completed for £33m plus £5m add-ons – earlier this week.

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“I just don’t see Aston Villa paying that,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“They’ve got the same problem that Spurs had when they have Harry Kane playing every game and the second choice striker has got to be someone who’s happy to be cover and be on the bench.

“I don’t think Villa need to go out and buy a £30-40million striker. Watkins, touch wood, doesn’t get injured. You’ve got Keinan Davis and Wesley there as a cover.

“Maybe you can get another one as a cover, but £40million for Wood? I don’t see him starting ahead of Watkins so you’re paying £40million for a substitute.”

Wood found the net 12 times in 33 Premier League games this season and he now has 47 top-flight goals in 136 appearances.

He moved to Turf Moor from Leeds United in August 2017 for a reported £15million fee and is under contract for another two years.

In other news, Aston Villa have been backed to seal a deal for a “perfect” player Pep Guardiola dubbed “the best I’ve seen”.