According to Football Insider, Aston Villa are stepping up their efforts to sign Bournemouth’s Joshua King which could aid Derby County’s striker search.

The report claims Villa are clearing their wage bill in order to sign King.

The talented Bournemouth striker, who is valued at £12 million, appears likely to return to the Premier League before the domestic deadline on Friday October 16.

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Villa have already signed Ollie Watkins from fellow Championship side Brentford, and they are looking to add King with Wesley set to return from injury in December.

The Villans signing King could pave the way for Derby to seal a striker of their own.

The Rams were left frustrated in their bid to sign Darmstadt striker Serdar Dursun. The Turkish centre-forward will remain in Germany until January at least.

With the international deadline now gone, Derby will surely turn their attentions to the Premier League where Villa’s Keinan Davis is a reported target.

Football Insider claimed the Rams and Preston North End made approaches for Davis last month. However, Villa are seemingly waiting to bring someone in first.

Davis was a regular for Villa at the back end of last season. Standing at 6ft 3inch, the England U20 international is strong in the air, quick and a willing runner.

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Derby have been crying out for a target man following Chris Martin’s departure while Martyn Waghorn has yet to feature this term due to an injury sustained in the summer.

Davis would be an ideal addition for the Rams. Moreover, he is unlikely to cost a lot with Villa benefiting from the striker getting regular first team experience in the Championship.

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