Newly-promoted Aston Villa are getting their squad ready for their first season back in the Premier League and they’re hoping to add Southampton’s Charlie Austin to their ranks.

According to reports on Football Insider, Dean Smith’s side have made contact over a deal to sign the striker.

The 29-year-old is currently with Southampton, but since Ralph Hasenhuttl took over as manager, he has struggled to make the starting XI.

Reports are claiming that bosses at Southampton are prepared to cash in on the forward for the right price this summer.

Villa have already made some expensive transfers this season but are looking to add to their front line as they are hoping to ensure they have enough attacking quality to survive in the Premier League.

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Villa are expected to face competition in the race to sign him, with Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United also said to be keen on a deal for the 29-year-old.

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