Aston Villa will reportedly increase their efforts to sign Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge after failing with an initial £8million bid. It was revealed that the Premier League new boys had moved to the front of the queue to sign the 29-year-old Philippines international after West Ham swooped to sign Roberto and David Martin, while the player has ruled out a return to former club Fulham following their relegation to the Championship.
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Villa looked to get the ball rolling with a bid of £8m in an effort to tempt the Bluebirds into a quick sale ahead of their return to the second tier in August. However, Cardiff are holding on for £10m and reports suggest Villa could now meet that price-tag as they look to have a settled custodian between the sticks in the top-flight, having used four goalkeepers throughout the course of last term.
Etheridge, who kept nine clean sheets for Cardiff last term, is also thought to be keen on a move to Villa Park given that he has a good relationship with boss Dean Smith and goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler, having worked with them at Walsall earlier in his career.11 BUSINESS NUGGETS FROM SUPER EAGLES BRONZE MEDAL TRIUMPH. The content of this ebook will propel you above your competition. DOWNLOAD NOW!!!