Aston Villa are on the hunt for Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge before the transfer window closes, the Daily Mirror report via the Daily Express.

Dean Smith has been extremely active in the market this summer, bringing in 10 additions to his Villans squad, as he prepares for a first campaign back in the Premier League, but the signs are that he has not concluded his business just yet.

One position that the Villa boss has yet to strengthen in the transfer window is the goalkeeper one, and while he has three stoppers on his books, it is obvious he doesn’t really trust any of them to be his number one in the top flight.

The Villans have the Championship play-off hero Jed Steer in their ranks, as well as Croatian Lovre Kalinic and Norwegian Orjan Nyland, but Smith is looking for another man in that position, and it is the Cardiff keeper he is looking for.

Etheridge couldn’t keep the Welsh side in the Premier League last term, but he delivered a number of excellent performances between the sticks which saw his value go through the roof, and catch the attention of Villa.

The Villans boss has already had a £9 million bid turned down according to the report, but he has not given up of being able to lure the Philippines international back to the top flight.

Villa have already spent £115m this summer on the 10 players they have signed, and it appears they are firmly concentrating on an eleventh addition to their squad.

Smith will be hoping to add Etheridge to Wesley, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett, Ezri Konsa, Trezeguet, Anwar El Ghazi, Bjorns Engels, Jota and Kortney Hause, who have already come through the door at Villa Park, ahead of a much anticipated first campaign back in the big time.

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