Aston Villa have been told that a deal to buy rumoured target Moussa Marega will cost them £31 million this summer.

That is according to a report in the Daily Star, cited on HITC, which states the Claret and Blues will have to pay a club record fee to secure the Porto man.

Dean Smith has already brought in one striker in this transfer window, with Wesley Moraes joining from Club Brugge for around £22 million.

However, with Tammy Abraham unlikely to return as he looks to force his way into to the Chelsea side and Scott Hogan also set to be departing, the 48-year-old manager could choose to bring in another front man to bolster his options.

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Marega is one of the names who has been linked with Villa, while West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers are also said to be eyeing a move.

The forward has hit over 20 goals in each of the last two seasons, but has been made available by the Portuguese clubs as they look to raise funds.

Whether the Midlands club would be willing to spend such a large sum on another striker is improbable, especially with other areas of the team still needing to be strengthened ahead of their return to the Premier League.


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