Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is said to have travelled to Egypt to watch midfielder Trezeguet in action ahead of making a move for him, according to BBC Sport.

The Villans have been extremely active in the transfer market already this summer, with a series of acquisitions already being secured, with them looking to strengthen enough to be competitive on their Premier League return.

Smith has already added six men to his Villa squad, with Anwar El Ghazi, Matt Targett, Tyrone Mings, Jota, Wesley and Kortney Hause all arriving at Villa Park since the end of last season.

The Villans boss appears nowhere near done in terms of his transfer activity however, and is targeting midfielder Trezeguet, who currently plays for Kasimpasa in Turkey.

The attacker has recently been in action for the Egypt national side in the Africa Cup of Nations, alongside Villa star Ahmed Elmohamady, and played the entire 90 minutes as their side were knocked out of the competition by South Africa on Saturday evening.

The 24-year-old began his career at Al Ahly in his homeland, before a move to Belgian side Anderlecht in 2016.

His form stalled with them however, and he was soon sent out on loan, firstly to Mouscron in Belgium before being farmed out to Kasimpasa, where he signed permanently in April 2018.

He has already made more than 40 appearances for Egypt, and bagged the opening goal of the Africa Cup of Nations last month when they beat Zimbabwe, before their exit in the last 16.

Should Villa sign the Egyptian, they would be getting an attacking midfielder who can play in the wide areas but who can also fit in behind a striker, and that versatility will no doubt help Smith when he assesses his options for the Birmingham-based outfit’s first campaign back in the top flight.


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