By Wayne Veysey

24th Nov, 2021 | 8:00am

Sources: Norwich City plot Davis raid as permanent Aston Villa move on the cards

Dean Smith has set his sights on a second potential Norwich City reunion with Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

This site revealed on 16 November that the new Canaries boss is planning a move for loaned-out Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane.

A Norwich source has told Football Insider that Smith also wants a Premier League-calibre frontman who can spearhead the attack.

The ex-Villa boss is a big admirer of Davis, 23, and believes he could be lured from his old club in January.

It is believed it will take a fee of £2-4million to prise the striker from the Midlands giants.

Alternatively, a loan deal could also be explored if Norwich cannot agree a price with Villa.

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Davis has a contract that runs until the summer of 2024 after last putting pen to paper on a deal in September 2020.

Smith had been a key figure in the forward signing an extension at that time.

The manager has always rated Davis highly even though he has struggled to score goals at Premier League level.

His 86 Villa matches have yielded just six goals and seven assists.

In the current campaign, Davis has suffered from a knee injury and made just a single substitute appearance – in the 1-0 Premier League defeat to Southampton that was Smith’s final match as manager.

The Midlands outfit have rejected multiple bids for Davis in previous windows.

But they have an abundance of attacking talent at new manager Steven Gerrard’s disposal as well as rising stars pushing to make the first-team breakthrough.

In other news, Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is said to have struck “clever” transfer January agreement with Rangers board.