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Aston Villa are said to be close to signing Dundee United player Kerr Smith, with Steven Gerrard’s side having made an offer.

Discussions between the two teams are nearing a conclusion, according to the Daily Mail, with another story from the same source claiming that Villa made an £800,000 proposal for Smith recently.

The 17-year-old is considered one of the region’s most promising young players. According to the source, Gerrard has great expectations for Smith if he joins Aston Villa.

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Villa manager Gerrard has moved quickly to improve his team in January, with Phillippe Coutinho joining on loan and Lucas Digne’s transfer supposedly nearing completion.

These two experienced additions will significantly boost Villa’s first team, with Smith proving to be a long-term investment. Villa has one of the strongest youth systems in England, and the Scotsman would be a good fit for the U-23s for the rest of the campaign.

Smith, who was previously described as “fantastic” by Dundee defender Mark Connolly, appears to be a bargain for Villa. And it could turn out to be a wise investment for the Midlands club in the long run.

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Premier League teams have a horrible reputation when it comes to how they treat young players. Villa, on the other hand, may be happy of their achievements, providing Smith with an excellent platform to thrive under Gerrard.

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Steven Gerrard warns players: “Don’t feel sorry for yourselves”

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Steven Gerrard warns players: "Don't feel sorry for yourselves"

Villa’s players have been urged by Steven Gerrard not to feel sorry for themselves as they prepare to face Man United.

On Saturday, Villa play the Red Devils in an attempt to avenge their FA Cup loss at Old Trafford on Monday.

The controversial call to reject Danny Ings’ second-half equalizer as United escaped with a 1-0 victory dominated the post-match discussion.

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Steven Gerrard, on the other hand, refused to blame the referees, focusing instead on Villa’s failing to take their chances.

He said: “It is quite unique you get this kind of opportunity. We need to not feel sorry for ourselves, we showed over 90 minutes on Monday we are more than a match for the team we faced.

“We need to stick together, first and foremost. We have to recover well.

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“The players feel they were good enough to win the game. Over 90 minutes I felt we were at minimum good enough to take it to extra time.

“The reality is they scored a goal, which was sloppy on our behalf, and we weren’t ruthless enough when our chances came along. It is quite clear what we need to iron out between now and the weekend.”

Villa are aiming for their first league double against United since 1954, as well as their first Premier League win at home versus United since 1995.

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Villa winger Bailey faces spell out with thigh strain

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Villa winger Bailey faces spell out with thigh strain

Aston Villa winger Leon Bailey will be out for up to three weeks with a thigh strain, which he suffered after scoring in last weekend’s 3-0 Premier League win over Everton, manager Dean Smith said.

The Jamaica international, who joined Villa from Bayer Leverkusen in August for a reported 25 million pounds ($34 million), is targeting a return to action against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Oct. 16.

“Leon has a strain which is likely to keep him out until after the international break,” Smith told reporters.

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“We would be hopeful that he would be available for the Wolves game but we’ll need to assess him nearer the time and see how he progresses over the next 10 days or so.”

Midfielder Morgan Sanson will be out for about a month after picking up a hamstring strain in their League Cup shootout defeat by Chelsea.

Smith’s side travel to Manchester United on Saturday before an away trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Oct. 3.

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Villa sign Southampton forward as Grealish set to depart

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Villa sign Southampton forward as Grealish set to depart

Aston Villa have announced the surprise signing of Southampton forward Danny Ings as they are set to accept Manchester City’s £100 million offer for their captain Jack Grealish.

The 29-year-old Englishman had one year left in his contract with the Saints. He has signed a three-year contract with Villa for an undisclosed transfer fee believed to be around £30 million.

Ings has scored 46 goals in his 100 appearances for Southampton since joining the club in the summer of 2018 from Premier League giants Liverpool, initially on loan.

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He has also been capped three times by The Three Lions, scoring one goal in a friendly match against Wales last October.

Villa boss Dean Smith was full of praise for the new signing describing him as an outstanding Premier League footballer who has scored goals wherever he has played.

“Danny is an outstanding Premier League footballer who has scored goals wherever he has played.

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“He is also a top professional with a great character who will be a leader in our squad and a role model for our rapidly developing young Academy players who are now in and around the first team.

“I am delighted to welcome Danny to our great Club.”

Ings joins Leon Bailey, Emi Buendia and Ashley Young in moving to Villa Park this summer.

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Bailey joins the club from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen and he had this to say:

“For me, it’s a great club with a big history and it’s the right step for me. I’m excited to get started,” he told the club website.

“It’s always been somewhere that I’ve wanted to play. I feel like now is the right time and I’m excited about it.

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“Hopefully I can do what I do best and have a great season in the Premier League.”

When asked to tell Villa fans what type of player he is, Bailey said:

“I like to give assists and I like to score, that’s always been me,” he added. “I like to score and be the one who gives the pass in a decisive moment and not be selfish.

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