Sources: Aston Villa open talks to sign newly available centre-forward for £10m+ fee
By Wayne Veysey
Aston Villa have opened talks with RB Leipzig about signing striker Jean-Kevin Augustin after losing out in their pursuit of Neal Maupay, Football Insider has learned.
The Midlands giants have made a move for Augustin, 22, after learning of his availability for transfer in the final days of the UK summer window.
A Villa source has told Football Insider the club have turned their attention to Augustin as an alternative to summer-long target Maupay, who joined Brighton yesterday for £20million.
Dean Smith’s side are hopeful of being able to sign Augustin for far less than the price the Seagulls paid for Maupay, although he will still cost more than £10million.
The France Under-21 international is available for sale after slipping down the Leipzig pecking order last season, his second at the club after signing from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017.
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He scored eight goals in 30 matches last season, but just three of those came in 17 Bundesliga appearance for the third-placed club.
Augustin was far more effective in his first campaign at Leipzig under ex-manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, who is now in charge of Southampton.
He scored 12 goals from 37 appearances, with nine of those strikes coming in 25 league matches.
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