By Kevin Phillips

14th Aug, 2021 | 10:00am

Phillips tips Aston Villa to swoop for £40m El Ghazi replacement after transfer reveal

Kevin Phillips has tipped Aston Villa to splash out on a £40million signing to replace Anwar El Ghazi.

The former Villains striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on the winger’s future.

As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (11th August), Villa will accept a £17million bid for El Ghazi amid interest from Roma.

This site detailed on August 10th the Midlands giants have told both El Ghazi and Wesley Moraes they can leave this summer.

Phillips claims Villa can reinvest the fee they will receive for the winger and boost that with the funds they received for Jack Grealish.

“I think they will look to move players on,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“Dean Smith is great with transfers, he’s not a so-called ‘wheeler and dealer’, that’s disrespectful to the recruitment teams.

“He has made some fantastic deals and he knows people has to go.

“El Ghazi has been there a while now, is it that time he moves on?

“Him leaving could signal them signing another replacement and if they do get £17million for him that’s a good deal.

“Couple that with the Grealish money and we could see Villa buying a £40million top, top player.

“El Ghazi is still a great player and he’s been very good for Villa but it might just be the time to move him on and replace him with someone a bit younger.”

Grealish joined Man City in a £100million deal on 5th August after a summer of speculation.

Smith has already boosted his squad this summer by signing Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey, Danny Ings and Ashley Young.

In other news, Sources: West Ham set sights on signing Aston Villa star.