By Alan Hutton

7th Aug, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Hutton makes big Aston Villa transfer claim after £50m reveal

Alan Hutton believes Aston Villa will spend a “large portion” of their transfer budget on a striker this summer. 

The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggested the Villains only need “two or three” additions during the transfer window and that a forward will be Dean Smith’s top priority.

Having secured survival, Football Insider revealed earlier this week the Midlands giants are plotting a £50million double raid on Brentford for striker Ollie Watkins and playmaker Said Benrahma.

And Hutton insists they need to spend it on “someone to score goals.”

“Me personally, I was thinking last year that it was a massive turnaround with the players going in and out,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“It was always going to be difficult, they achieved their goal which was always staying in the league, which is brilliant.

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“Now, it’s about improving everything in general. The play, the squad, everything. That’s what you need.

“You need players with Premiership quality to come one, you’ll only need two or three players to enhance that, so that’s how I think they’ll move forward now.

“Spend the money, probably most of that I think will be on a striker.

“You need someone to score goals so a large portion of that money will be on a number nine. That’s all they need. Maybe two or three players to help them.”

Dean Smith spent £22m to bring in Brazilian forward Wesley Moraes last term.

He found the net five times in the league for Villa but the Brazilian ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament on New Year’s Day and that forced Villa into looking for a new striker.

They ended up signing Mbwana Samatta from Genk and Swansea City’s Borja Baston.

The pair finished the campaign with just one goal between them, with Borga leaving Villa Park at the end of June.

In other Aston Villa news, Darren Bent has named the only rival club he can see Jack Grealish playing for next season.