By Will Butcher
Aston Villa’s Twitter-friendly chairman Tony Xia has dismissed the possibility that his side will buy Wolfsburg targetman Bas Dost.
However, new chairman Xia took to his personal Twitter account on Monday night to rule out a move for Dost, declaring that the Holland international isn’t the type of player the Midlands club need.
We need pace not height. Is he a national team player? https://t.co/KqBVsa6ztw
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 22, 2016
Xia has consistently stated in recent weeks that Villa are in the market for an authentic number nine to supplement spearhead Rudy Gestede, £12million summer signing Ross McCormack and wide forward Jordan Ayew.
Dost, who has 12 months remaining on his Volkswagon Stadion deal, is expected to leave after the signing of Germany star Mario Gomez.
The goal machine has 125 professional goals to his name in 279 league and cup encounters, with 48 coming for Wolfsburg.
Dost struggled to make an impact last term, making 30 starts in league and cup encounters. The forward scored 10 goals, with one strike coming in the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven.
Dost’s rise to prominence came the season before, where he scored an impressive 20 goals in 36 appearances, adding eight assists.
However, a broken metatarsal kept Dost out for around four months last term after Christmas, and the six-time international has struggled to regain a starting spot in Deiter Hecking’s first eleven.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the Villans are considering the prospect of paying off this £50,000-a-week star.