By Noel Whelan

6th Aug, 2021 | 6:00pm

Aston Villa backed to sign Cantwell for 'substantial' fee after transfer reveal - Whelan

Noel Whelan has backed Aston Villa to sign Todd Cantwell from Norwich City for a “substantial” fee.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Canaries would find it hard to reject a big-money bid for the 23-year-old.

As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday (August 5th), Villa are pushing hard to make Cantwell their next marquee signing to compensate for Jack Grealish’s departure.

The boyhood Villa fan completed his £100million move to Manchester City on Thursday.

The Midlands giants have already signed Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey, Danny Ings and Ashley Young.

This site revealed late last month that Villa are working on signing Cantwell and the latest from a club source is that talks are ongoing.

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With Grealish gone, Whelan suggested Villa could use some of the money to sign the Norwich star.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “We know he’s a very young talented player. You’re bringing that partnership back together again with Buendia as well.

“The two know each other very well so that that communication and telepathic play between the two of them will come straight into play. You’ll see that from day one.

“A highly-rated young player that other teams have been looking at. Again, they don’t waste any time. If they want that player, they’ll go and get him and they have done so far this summer.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if they use some of the Jack Grealish money to strengthen that midfield area again with Todd Cantwell.

“If Norwich don’t want to sell and feel like they’ve given Villa too many good players, they could say no. They need to give themselves a chance to stay in the Premier League as well.

“It’d be very hard to turn down an offer from Aston Villa which I’m sure will be big and quite substantial.”

In other news, Football Insider can reveal Aston Villa have made big squad decision after of Grealish exit.