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Villa test water over Palace and Spurs strikers as clock runs down

| 01.09.2015

Having lost his most reliable source of goals this summer, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood would love to supplement his squad with another striker before the September 1st deadline hits.

The Villa gaffer was left helpless when Liverpool met Christian Benteke’s sizeable release clause earlier in the summer and although Championship hitman Rudy Gestede was brought in swiftly afterwards, Sherwood is exploring more options.

Several sources are claiming that Villa have made a Deadline Day approach for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, who has thus far remained at Selhurst Park despite a £6m offer from Bristol City being accepted recently.

Gayle clearly didn’t fancy the step down to the second tier, though the former Peterborough ace may well be more receptive to joining up with Sherwood at Villa Park.

Reports that a speculative bid of £1.5m for the forward have already been rejected on Deadline Day, imply Villa are happy to test the London club’s resolve before potentially upping their interest with a more viable bid later on, depending on other developments.

Said developments could include a much mulled over move for Sherwood’s former pupil at White Hart Lane, Emmanuel Adebayor.

Villa’s boss famously revived Adebayor’s ailing Lilywhites fortunes when taking over from sacked Spurs manager Andre Villa-Boas midway through the 2013/14 season.

The striking of such a cordial relationship between player and coach led many to believe that a transfer to the Midlands would probably be the best option for the frozen out Spurs man.

With speculation appearing to flat-line a few weeks previously, rumours are now afoot the transfer could be resurrected on Deadline Day, but whatever happens Villans fans will be desperate to see a centre-forward join the ranks.

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Christian Crowther

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