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14th Aug, 2016 | 12:37pm

Transfer twist: Aston Villa pursuit of £14.5m Serie A midfielder given new hope - report

By Amir Mir

Aston Villa’s £14.5million move for Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara could be back on, according to a report.

Football Italia, citing Sky Sports Italy, state that the 19-year-old’s talks with Roma and Napoli have stalled, opening the door to Villa.

It is said that Diawara has been absent from pre-season training and wasn’t given a squad number in the list handed to Serie A officials on Saturday.

The youngster is determined to leave the Serie A club after a number of European giants showed interest in his signature.

Spanish outlet Deporte Valenciano reported on Saturday that Diawara had rejected a move to Villa because he wanted to join Italian giants Roma.

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It is said that Villa’s £14.5m bid is the highest for the midfielder’s services, but the youngster wants to move to Rome.

Sky Sports Italy suggest Diawara risks being left with no club this season and is reconsidering the option of joining Villa.

His manager Roberto Donadoni has admitted that the players’ Bologna future is in considerable doubt.

“I don’t like to talk about Diawara, as everyone knows the situation,” Donadoni said, as quoted by Football Italia.

“We’ll see what happens. If he was to return, he’d have to win back the trust and respect of everyone, but so far everything is just a hypothesis.”

Diawara signed for Bologna last summer and went on to make 34 appearances for the club as Roberto Donadoni’s side finished a respectable 14th last season.

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The Guinea-born midfielder, who is known for his energetic style, attempted 1626 passes last term making him the youngest player in the top five European leagues to attempt 1000+ passes.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club’s transfer target drops a hint after Premier League opener.