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Aston Villa launch move for Nottingham Forest's Matty Cash

Villa have launched a move for Nottingham Forest right-back Matty Cash with an ambitious approach for Kieran Trippier set to end in failure.

Matty Cash, seen here playing against Albion, had an excellent season for Forest.
Matty Cash, seen here playing against Albion, had an excellent season for Forest.

Dean Smith was eager to offer Trippier a route back to the Premier League after a season in Spain with Atletico Madrid.

But talks over a deal for the England international have not progressed as Villa had hoped in recent days and attention has now turned to the highly-rated Cash.

Villa are thought to have had an initial offer of around £10million rejected by Forest, who are holding out for a fee of £15m.

The 23-year-old enjoyed an excellent season in the Championship and has no shortage of top flight suitors, with newly-promoted Fulham expected to make a move in the coming days.

Villa boss Smith has identified the right-back area as an area which requires strengthening during the current transfer window.

Ollie Watkins remains his primary attacking target and Villa are hopeful of a breakthrough in talks with Brentford over the coming week.

Watkins, who was this week named Championship player of the season, can also play out wide and Smith wants to sign a more traditional centre-forward in addition with record buy Wesley not expected to return from injury until later in the year. Keinan Davis may be allowed to leave on loan.

A new midfielder and goalkeeper are also among Villa’s priorities in the window.

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