Title contenders table seven-figure bid for attacker on Aston Villa radar - report
By Danny Wright
Championship title contenders Middlesbrough have tabled a seven-figure bid worth £2million for Oxford United attacker and Aston Villa target Marvin Johnson, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the League One side are holding out for an offer of £3million for Johnson, 26, who only signed for the Us last summer from Motherwell.
As well as Aston Villa; Leicester and Birmingham are also keen on the Second City-born attacker, who can play anywhere from left-back to leading the line of attack as a striker.
The former Kidderminster and Solihull Moors ace scored six goals and supplied 11 assists in 52 appearances across all competitions for Oxford last term after his £650,000 switch from Scottish Premiership side Motherwell.
Hamstring trouble has kept Johnson out of the Oxford squad for their last two league fixtures and if he was to leave the Kassam this summer, Motherwell would be in line to receive a cut of the fee due to a clause in his transfer deal from last year.
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Johnson is a very versatile player and would be a top addition to an Aston Villa team that seems to be constantly ravaged by injuries as of late. The Oxford flyer would plug several gaps in the squad at left-back, left wing and even upfront if necessary. Boro may have made the first bid in the pursuit of his signature, but Villa have the advantage of bringing Johnson back to Birmingham having been born in the city and having spells at non-league sides Kidderminster and Solihull. That also means that Birmingham and to some extent Leicester could pose a threat to the Villains if they decide to table an offer.
In other Aston Villa news, the Villains have agreed a fee to sign this Premier League attacker.