Date: 15th July 2021 at 12:00pm
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Strengthening midfield is likely to be on the agenda for Dean Smith this summer, Aston Villa journalist Luke Hatfield has told This Is Futbol.

Villa have already bolstered their attack with the signing of Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City.

Following the acquisition of the Argentine, the Midlands club have tried to sign Emile Smith Rowe from Arsenal, suggesting that Smith is not quite done yet with revamping his attack.

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However, according to Hatfield, the Villa boss will also look to improve his side in the middle of the park before the transfer window closes.

In a chat with TIF, the Express & Star journalist said: “I think Villa are eyeing up someone who can sit in more of a holding role.”

have been linked with Tottenham’s Harry Winks, with The Telegraph reporting that they are currently monitoring the 25-year-old among others, so it certainly does look like Smith is keen to add to his midfield options.

Winks, who can operate in a deep-midfield role, really struggled for game time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last season, but with a in the dugout, his fortunes may change.

If not, though, perhaps Villa could indeed be an option for the Englishman, who will be desperate for regular game time following that difficult 2020/21 campaign.