Aston Villa have reportedly joined the race to sign Genk forward Leandro Trossard though Brighton and Hove Albion remain the favourites to sign him, according to a report published by The Argus. 

The 24-year-old was impressive during the past season as he went on to score 22 goals and contribute 11 assists in all competitions.

Both Villa and Brighton are looking to bolster their sides ahead of next season. The Villans need to build a team that can avoid relegation from the Premier League next season after having won promotion to the top flight via the Championship promotion playoffs in 2018-19.

Brighton also need to improve. The Seagulls had an underwhelming season, which led to them parting ways with manager Chris Hughton. The report added that Brighton have had an £18 million fee agreed with Genk but that Villa boss Dean Smith could attempt to sign the player.

It looks unlikely that Villa will be able to pull this one off considering that the player appears to be in advanced negotiations with Brighton at this stage.

Villa have so far been very active in the transfer market and have managed to bring in Jota from Birmingham City, while they made Kortney Hause’s loan move from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Anzar El Ghazi’s from Lyon permanent.

Villa fans will now be looking for the Midlands club to add a few marquee signings to their squad.

They should ideally now be aiming to sign players who have prior experience in the Premier League or who are household names in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

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