Aston Villa

Alan Hutton has insisted Aston Villa have not made a “gamble” signing Emiliano Buendia despite a near-£60million deal.

The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 24-year-old would prove himself as good value for money under Dean Smith.

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday morning (June 7th), Villa have agreed a deal worth a total of at least £57million.

The Villans will pay a guaranteed transfer fee of £33million, a possible £5million in add-ons and a £75,000-a-week basic wage.

Villa confirmed they had agreed to sign Buendia later on Monday.

Hutton has insisted despite the big-money fee, the attacking midfielder is not a risky signing.

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Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I don’t see it as a gamble. With add-ons, we’re talking the best part of £40million but he’s proven himself.

“Not only in the Championship, he was obviously there when they played in the Premier League. He’s still very young, got a lot to learn and prove in the Premier League.

“Obviously Johan Lange, Dean Smith believes that he’s got the capability to get even better. That kind of mould, that’s the type of player we’re looking for to move the team forward.

“It’s not about bringing in a 29-year-old that’s only going to last a season or two. It’s about trying to build on what the player’s already got and perhaps sell them on in the future.

“There’s obviously a great player there, room for improvement and he ticks all the boxes for Villa.”

Buendia joined Norwich from Getafe for a reported £1.5million back in 2018.

He scored 24 goals and chipped in with 42 assists in 121 appearances for the Canaries.

In other news, Aston Villa have set sights on signing “phenomenal” striker from north-west club – and the opening bid could be £30m.