Aston Villa are preparing to return to the negotiating table with a new bid for Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, Football Insider understands.
The newly-promoted Premier League club are in the market for a keeper proven in the top flight and have set their sights on the 29-year-old after the relegation of the Welsh club.
A Villa source has told Football Insider that manager Dean Smith is convinced Etheridge can provide the reliable presence he needs in goal next season.
The Midlands giants are set to increase their offer to £9million for the Philippines international after having an £8million bid rejected.
As revealed by Football Insider last month, Cardiff value the 29-year old at £10million after he was their standout performer in their relegation campaign.
West Ham have pulled out of the race for Etheridge after recruiting two new keepers already this summer following the end of Adrian’s spell at the club, with David Martin arriving on Monday.
There is also interest in the Cardiff shot stopper, who has two years left on his contract, from Fulham but Villa have the advantage in that they can offer top-flight football.
Etheridge made the second highest amount of saves in the Premier League with 141 in the 2018-19 campaign, topped only by the 148 from Lukasz Fabianski .
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