Villa ace nears exit

Trabzonspor have tabled a £3.4million bid for Aston Villa’s winger Trezeguet – however Villa are holding out for £4.3m, writes SunSport’s Graeme Bryce.

The 27-year-old Egyptian spent a successful loan spell with Istanbul Basaksehir after returning from injury in January.

Trezeguet scored six goals and provided four assists in 13 league games to attract interest from rival Turkish clubs, headed by Trabzonspor who also face competition from other clubs on the continent.

They are gearing up for a crack at the Champions’ League after winning the Turkish Super Lig for the first time since 1984.

Manager Abdullah Avci is already closing in on Rangers’ Croatian left-back Borna Barisic and wants Trezeguet to beef up his attacking options.

Turkish sources say Villa refused to loan the winger out again and Trabzonspor failed with an initial bid worth just under £3.5million plus add-ons to be paid in installments.

Villa boss Steven Gerrard needs to raise cash to fund more buys and the club’s money-men are digging their heels in for a fee north of £4million.

Trezeguet accepts he is unlikely to shift Philippe Coutinho, Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia and is keen to move to Trabzonspor, who can offer him Champions’ League football.


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