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2nd Jun, 2018 | 12:22pm

Aston Villa must hijack reported interest in genius assist king, summer exit on cards


Aston Villa are currently reeling from their 1-0 play-off final defeat against Fulham and know that they now have to prepare for another long gruelling season in the Championship.

Manager Steve Bruce will need to lift spirits quickly to try enjoy a strong start in the next campaign, while this summer they will need to be smart with Financial Fair Play regulations hanging over them.

The Daily Star reports that the Midlands giants could be prepared to sell chief creator Jack Grelaish this summer and value him at around £40million.

Villa will need a replacement if he is to depart and should consider a move for Marcus Maddison from League One club Peterborough.

The Daily Mail reports that Sunderland and Reading are both interested in landing the 24-year-old attacking midfielder this summer

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Boro chairman Darragh MacAnthony has confirmed that the English playmaker has been transfer listed this summer and that is why Villa should hijack interest in him to try sign him.

Maddison proved this season just gone that he is an assist king, directly setting up 23 goals in his 53 appearances across all competitions.

He also managed to chip in with 12 goals too and looks good enough to make the step up to the Championship.

The technically gifted playmaker even helped Boro turnover Villa 3-1 in the FA Cup and he supplied two goals in that match.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, they should consider a swoop for a £6million-rated Premier League defender.

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