By Alan Hutton

29th Jun, 2021 | 7:00pm

Hutton: Aston Villa move for Smith-Rowe is 'concrete' and 'real' - and Arsenal should be worried

Alan Hutton has claimed Aston Villa may have been given encouragement over a deal to sign Emile Smith-Rowe from Arsenal.

The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested his old side must be getting positive signs to continue negotiating for the 20-year-old.

Football Insider revealed on June 21st Villa were preparing a new £30m bid for Smith-Rowe after an opening £25million offer was rejected.

Sky Sports reported on Monday (June 28th) Arsenal had rejected a second £30million offer.

Hutton suggested the interest from the Villans was too serious to be an agent “messing about”.

He insisted his old side must be getting positive noises a deal can be done.

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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think you must be given some glimmer of hope.

“They must feel that there’s something there. Whether it be on the player’s side, or the Arsenal side (saying): ‘You’re there or thereabouts but not quite there yet.

“The talks must be going on. So it’s either from either the Arsenal side or the player’s side. There must be interest from someone in the money or the move itself.”

Asked how much of the speculation could be coming from Smith-Rowe’s agent, Hutton said: “That’s always there. It goes on all the time.

“But not as serious as this, if that makes sense. Sometimes agents try and drum up business, whether it be for new contract or actually to get the player out.

“When Aston Villa have actually put in bids of this sort of money, this is real. It’s not an agent messing about.

“There’s definitely concrete interest and it seems both sides are willing to talk at the table.”

In other Aston Villa news, the club have “concrete” interest in signing former loan star this summer.