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10th Aug, 2016 | 12:40pm

BBC reporter: Aston Villa transfer shortlist topped by Premier League duo

By Amir Mir

Aston Villa are keeping tabs on Premier League duo Mile Jedinak and Abel Hernandez, according to a reliable journalist.

BBC Midlands reporter Pat Murphy revealed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning that the Championship side have not made a bid for either player but are closely monitoring them.

Murphy claims Crystal Palace midfielder Jedinak and Hull striker Hernandez are on the transfer shortlist of manager Roberto Di Matteo although he is also considering other player.

Hull striker Abel Hernandez is a £10 million transfer target for Di Matteo although Villa owner Xia admitted on Tuesday night there were stumbling blocks to overcome.

TalkSport reporter Callum Williams revealed last weekend the Championship side have tabled a bid for Jedinak, who subsequently denied he will be departing the club.

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But BBC reporter Murphy revealed on Twitter there is interest in the duo from Villa.

Hernandez joined Hull from Italian side Palermo in 2014 for a club-record fee of £10million, but the Uruguayan subsequently struggled in the top-tier of English football as they were relegated into the second-tier in 2014-15.

However, the highly-sought forward notched 20 goals last term as Hull made an instant return to the Premier League via the play offs which has attracted the interest of Villa.

Jedinak, 32, was recently replaced as Palace captain by defender Scott Dann after making just 26 appearances last term.

Villa have been open about their plans to overhaul a squad that flopped miserably last season and Xia has claimed that a midfielder is set to join before Saturday.

The Midlands club have signed striker Ross McCormack, midfielder Aaron Tshibola, goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini and defender Tommy Elphick all for a combined fee of £24 million this summer.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, supporters react on Twitter to the club agreeing a loan deal for a midfielder.