By Noel Whelan

8th May, 2021 | 11:00am

Aston Villa are preparing 'very cheeky' bid for Grealish replacement and £20m+ 'will seal deal' - pundit

Aston Villa will have to splash out £20million-plus to prise Dwight McNeil from Burnley, according to Noel Whelan.

The former striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Villa see the winger as a potential replacement for Jack Grealish.

As revealed by Football Insider on Friday, the Villans are preparing to test the water with a £15million bid for the 21-year-old.

The Burnley star is understood to be one of Villa’s top targets as Dean Smith look to recruit two new wide forwards this summer.

The Villans’ need for new attackers has been increased after Trezeguet was ruled out for a year after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

However, Whelan insisted the Midlands giants would get a frosty response from Burnley with a £15million offer.

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“It’s a very cheeky bid,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“You’re not testing the water there, it’s very cold. I’m sure that’s what Burnley will be thinking as well, it’s got ice in it.

“You’re going to be looking £20million. The early £20millions, at least, to seal the deal. With his age, his talent and the fact that he’s wanted. I know how important he is to Burnley and Sean Dyche.

“He’s one of these players that can do something out of nothing, a great left foot.

“Maybe, just maybe, they’re looking at him as a replacement for Jack Grealish, who knows.” 

As revealed by Football Insider, Grealish has told friends he would be open to leaving Villa for Manchester City this summer.

McNeil has chipped in with two goals and five assists in 32 Premier League appearances this term.

He has a total of 92 top-flight appearances under his belt to date.

In other news, Alan Hutton claims Aston Villa already have another Grealish on their books.