By Amir Mir
Aston Villa have had a bid rejected for highly-rated Bury defender Jacob Bedeau, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim that Villa’s opening bid of £750,000 has been rejected by the League One outfit as the youngster is being courted by a number of big name clubs.
It is said the 17-year-old is attracting the interest of Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool.
Bedeau, who plays at centre-back, has played seven league games this season for the struggling third-tier outfit.
However, he has not featured for his side during their last two games where they have picked up four points.
Bury manager Chris Brass has taken Bedeau out of the firing line as it is claimed that 27 scouts came to watch the teenager during a fixture in December.
It is said Bury are now waiting for Villa to make an improved offer for their highly-sought after player with the Greater Manchester club holding out for a seven-figure sum.
Football Insider verdict:
The possible signing of Bedeau is one for the future and it is a move the Midlands club should make. He may not go straight into the first team, but the teenager would more than definitely be a great asset to the club’s academy. Not only that, as proven in recent weeks by Villa manager Steve Bruce, if you perform then you will be given a chance. Teenage duo Keinan Davis and Andre Green have featured for the first team in recent weeks, the latter started their last Championship game. Furthermore, the fee Villa are paying for the centre-back puts them in a win-win situation. In footballing terms, they are not paying much for his services, so if the deal is made and it does not work out in the long run then the club will not lose out on too much.
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