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Report: Aston Villa submit bid for PL duo, attacker offered in part-exchange

By Dominic Toner

Aston Villa have launched a double bid to sign Swansea pair Neil Taylor and Modou Barrow, according to a report.

The Telegraph claim that Steve Bruce has moved for the Swansea pair and is keen on making at least two more signings in the January window.

It is understood that Villa have targeted defender Taylor to provide competition for Jordan Amavi at left-back and are in talks over a deal.

The report details that the Midlands club have also discussed a move for attacker Barrow, with Jordan Ayew potentially being offered in a part-exchange deal.

Ayew is currently away with national side Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations and has endured a frustrating campaign.

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The 25-year-old attacker has managed just three goals in 22 appearances and has been one of the reasons behind the club’s struggling frontline.

Taylor is an established left-back in the Premier League and also is an important part of Wales’ national side.

The 27-year-old has racked up 179 appearances for Swansea, but his place is under threat following the arrival of full-back Martin Olsson in January from Norwich.

Barrow moved to the Liberty Stadium in 2014 and has made 55 appearances, scoring two goals and supplying seven assists.

Villa are looking to improve their squad as they look to improve upon their 13th-placed standing in the Championship.

Football Insider verdict:

Villa have already made some impressive signings in the January window, with midfielder Conor Hourihane the pick of the bunch. However, they would be taking it up another gear if they somehow managed to pull of a double swoop for Taylor and Barrow. Taylor is a proven defender at both club and international level, meaning he could even dislodge Amavi from the starting XI. Meanwhile, Barrow has shown glimpses of his qualities in the top-flight and is blessed with phenomenal pace and trickery. He would surely prove too much in the Championship and would give Villa the cutting edge in attack. Bruce is showing his intent to drag the club back into the promotion picture and they are building a squad that can bridge the nine-point gap to the play-off positions.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Stan Collymore has delivered a three-word verdict on speculation over Jack Grealish.

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