By Wayne Veysey

25th Mar, 2017 | 8:14pm

Betting update: Aston Villa tipped to sign £16m striker

By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa have been installed as one of the favourites to sign Aleksandar Mitrovic from Newcastle this summer.

The Midlands-based Championship club are strongly in the running to land the Serbian striker, who is on the fringes of the Magpies side despite costing £16million and having a creditable scoring record.

Bet Victor have placed odds of 8/1 on six different clubs signing Mitrovic in the next transfer window, with Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli joining Premier League quartet Crystal Palace, Swansea, West Brom and West Ham as favourites in the betting.

Villa are the next favourites, with a price of 12/1 to land the temperamental Serbia international, the same as top-flight trio Hull, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

Mitrovic, 22, has had a frustrating second season at Newcastle after being forced to play second fiddle to first-choice striker Dwight Gayle.

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The £16million signing from Anderlecht has started just 12 matches in 2016-17, scoring six goals in 23 appearances in all competitions.

Villa have struggled to score goals this season, despite signing two £15million-plus strikers in the last two transfer windows, Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan.

Kodjia is the club’s top scorer this season with 15 league goals from 30 matches.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, talks are to get underway as a proven Premier League performer wants to join the Midlands club.

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