Ligue 1 outfit Amiens have confirmed that Aston Villa placed a bid for their midfielder Baptiste Santamaria this summer, one which was not fruitful.
The Villans were extremely active in the transfer market while the window was open for Premier League clubs, signing a raft of players for their return to the top flight, but it appears there was one they missed out on.
Villa are believed to have opened talks with Amiens over their influential midfielder, but the French club are understood to have pointed out to Santamaria how important he is to them, and persuaded him to give them another season, rather than head for England.
Olivier Pickeau, the sporting director of the Ligue 1 side confirmed that the Villans had discussed the 24-year-old, but that the talented ace would be staying put for one more year at least.
“We closed the door. I think it’s pretty clear. Aston Villa made an important offer, we had a chat with Baptiste to explain the importance he had in our project and the fact that he could be allowed to leave next year,” he told L’Equipe.
“As a result of our exchange, we thought we would continue the adventure together, without frustration, and the correct opportunity will come.”
Villans boss Dean Smith had other irons in the fire and he managed to make the significant additions to the centre of his midfield, courtesy of bringing the likes of Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz to Villa Park.
A move for Santamaria might not be completely dead as far as Villa are concerned, with it looking likely that he will leave Amiens next summer, but in the mean time they will have to do without him.
The Villans will go in search of their first points of the season on Saturday afternoon, when they entertain Bournemouth at Villa Park, with all eyes on their midfielders to see if they are up to the task now we know Smith missed out on adding one more.