Aston Villa have joined the race to sign Bournemouth sensation Ajani Burchall, Football Insider has learned.
The young attacker, 16, is on the radar of Premier League clubs after rejecting a scholarship deal with the seventh-placed Championship outfit.
That has led to interest from the top tier and a Villa source has told Football Insider that the club have registered their interest in a summer deal for Burchall.
Dean Smith’s ambitious side would need to beat off plenty of top-level competition for the youngster’s services.
Football Insider revealed last month that West Ham had joined Arsenal in the summer race for the Bermudan winger, while Leeds United are also keen.
It now appears inevitable Burchall will leave Bournemouth when his current agreement expires at the end of the season.
The teenager, who is still at school, became the Cherries’ third-youngest-ever player when making his debut as a substitute in last December’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield.
The Bermudian had been plucked from the Under-18s and fast-tracked into the senior side for his debut off the bench.
He is yet to add to that single appearance although he has also been on the bench against Luton Town.
Villa have invested heavily in talent since Wes Edens and Naseef Sawiris bought the club in July 2018.
Football Insider revealed on Monday (29th March) the club are preparing for another summer of big spending as they look to build on this season’s fine campaign.
One arrival that is already tied up is Adam Henshall is set to join their recruitment team next month after accepted an offer to join from Doncaster Rovers.