Aston Villa give transfer green light to Bournemouth’s Brooks and Reading talent
David Brooks is on Dean Smith's hit-list this month.
Bournemouth's playmaker is one of the names under consideration as Villa's boss seeks to bolster his squad.
Villa are determined to improve their squad and have undertaken a huge £200m spending spree since arriving in the Premier League just just 19 months ago.
And Smith has gathered together a core of largely-domestic players – with Brooks adding to his options up front – if he decides to press the button on the move.
The Wales international had been sidelined with a long-term injury but has played a full part in the Cherries' season following their demotion from the Premier League.
Brooks, 23, agreed a lengthy deal with Bournemouth after joining in the summer of 2018 following a spell with Manchester City.
He operates mainly on the right but and while both Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet have filled that spot, Smith is keen to strengthen still further.
Villa also have their eyes on Reading's Michael Olise.
The teenager has impressed during his breakthrough campaign in the Championship and has been a major reason behind the Royals' promising early-season form.
The 19-year-old signed a three-year professional deal in the summer after spending just a short time in the club's academy and has prospered after being blooded at the start of this season.
Smith is keen to add younger players to his squad list in the hope of developing their potential still further and has been given the firepower to move in a depressed market.
Meanwhile, former Villa striker Garry Thompson predicted a bright future for goalscorer Louie Barry who stunned Liverpool on Friday night.
Barry was bought from Barcelona for £1m after swapping West Brom for Barcelona before returning and joining the club he supported as a boy.
The teenager showed a touch of quality as he equalised for Villa's inexperienced side before the Reds ran out 4-1 winners at Villa Park.
Thompson said: “He still looked a kid at times against Liverpool. There's no question he's still finding his feet.
“It would be difficult to throw him into a Premier League game, for instance.
“But he's got raw pace. And he's got composure in front of goal.
“His strength will improve as he gets older but his movement was good and Dean Smith will have been watching and thinking to himself: 'Hello,' because some of them could step up and be in and around his first-team and Barry's one of them.
“I'm not saying that he could go straight in there but the squad is automatically stronger because he's had a taste of it. And if Barry and any of them have anything about them, they'll be working their socks off to get back in there.”
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