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Aston Villa to rival Sheffield United for Aaron Ramsdale

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Aston Vila are reportedly ready to go head to head with Sheffield United in an attempt to sign Aaron Ramsdale from Bournemouth.

The Cherries have reluctantly accepted an offer in the region of £18.5 from Sheffield for their first-choice keeper per earlier reports in the English media.

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However, Villa are also keen on signing the goalkeeper this summer with another club also said to be interested in acquiring the services of the Bournemouth player.

The south coast outfit’s relegation into the Sky Bet Championship after five years in the Premier League is likely to see some of their stay players leave should the right offers be received during the course of the transfer window.

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Ramsdale made the move to Bournemouth from Sheffield in January 2017 in a deal which costed the former around £1 million and the latter have already reached an agreement with the Cherries for the player’s return to the Bramall Lane this summer.

The Blades are also said to negotiating with the 22-year-old over his wages after reaching an agreement with his club.

But Dean Smith’s side are unfazed by the progress of the deal and would want to hijack any deal this summer as they look for a goalkeeper ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

Prior to the Blades agreement which Bournemouth, they had seen an earlier bid in excess of £12 million for their former player, who won Bournemouth’s 2019/20 Player of the Year award turned down, before returning with an improved offer.

Should he leave the Vitality Stadium for Chris Wilder’s team, the 15 per cent sell-on clause Sheffield possess while he was leaving the club in 2017 will no longer be effective.

Bournemoyh have already loss Nathan Ake to Manchester City in a deal worth £41 million while skipper Simon Francis and his vice Andrew Surman have all been released earlier this month.

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