By Noel Whelan

24th Jul, 2021 | 10:13am

Pundit tips Aston Villa for top-six finish after updates on two 'very exciting' signings

Noel Whelan has suggested Aston Villa could push for a top-six finish by signing Todd Cantwell and Leon Bailey.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the attacking pair would be “very exciting” additions to Dean Smith’s young and hungry squad.

As revealed by Football Insider on Friday (July 24th), Aston Villa have had a £30million bid rejected by Bayer Leverkusen after holding talks for Bailey.

This site detailed on Wednesday (July 21st) Villa are in advanced talks to sign Cantwell from Norwich.

The attacking midfielder is into the final year of his contract at Carrow Road.

Villa have already signed Emi Buendia and Ashley Young.

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Whelan insisted Cantwell and Bailey would offer excellent squad depth at Villa Park.

He suggested the Villans could push for a European spot with their captures.

“I just don’t think they’re wasting any time at getting very good, young players in,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“I mean look at the age if you get Cantwell, they’ve got Buendia. They’re still 23, 24. How old’s Bailey, 23? You’re looking at longevity at the football club.

“Talent, young talent, that could be there for a number of years. They’re going in very, very hard, very, very early on these transfers for some very good, up and coming young stars.

“That’s not just in England but across Europe as well. This is a very good move.

When you think about the young players they already have at the football club, there are some very exciting signings on the horizon here for Villa fans.

“Also very good, strong strength in depth that they’ll be having in the squad. You’d expect that they’re really targeting the top six this season.”

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