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Aston Villa to make counter offer as rivals table 21-year-old midfielder bid - reports

By Harvey Byrne

Norwich have had a bid accepted for Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola amid interest from Aston Villa and Celtic, according to reports.

Football website Teamtalk claim that the Royals have accepted a bid in the region of £2million from their Championship rivals Norwich.

As reported on Football Insider yesterday, Reading had rejected two bids from an unnamed club and it is now said that they have reluctantly accepted Norwich’s third offer for one of their star assets.

However, Berkshire publication Get Reading have reported that Villa have not given up hope of signing Tshibola and are weighing up a counter offer for the former England Under-18 player.

Villa’s interest was sparked by new assistant manager Steve Clarke’s positive reference of the 21-year-old.

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The Scot gave Tshibola his first-team debut at Reading and also awarded the midfielder with a new four-year-contract in 2015.

Celtic are looking to build a squad to take on recently promoted Rangers next season with new manager Brendan Rodgers, and the ex-Liverpool boss may see Tshibola as the man to help him do so.

The central midfielder impressed during his 12 Championship appearances in 2015-16 and was a regular in the Reading line-up before his campaign was cruelly cut by an injury.

The former England youth international was forced to undergo surgery on a hamstring problem in February, but he is now back to full fitness and available for pre-season training.

In other Aston Villa news, Roberto Di Matteo looks set to miss out on one of his summer targets as Raul Meireles is in England to seal a move to Bournemouth.