Ashley Preece claims Aston Villa are now beefing up their academy

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A lot is happening at Aston Villa over the summer transfer window. The Midlands club is ensuring that their manager Steven Gerrard gets the reinforcements he wants for next season. Moreover, next season will be Gerrard’s first full season in charge at Villa. Therefore, the club is taking huge strides in the transfer market. Villa have already concluded four signings this summer, but are looking for more. However, journalist Ashley Preece has claimed that Villa will now concentrate on strengthening their academy.

Aston Villa have spent around £50 million on four players ahead of next season. Philippe Coutinho, Diego Carlos, Boubacar Kamara, and Robin Olsen have come in and more are expected. On the other hand, Preece has now provided an update over Villa’s deals for Rangers striker Rory Wilson and Hearts midfielder Ewan Simpson. The Villa correspondent for Birmingham Live suggests that the club wants to bolster their famous academy along with the first team.

Aston Villa to raid Scottish clubs for their academy

Villa have recently seen a lot of talent coming out of their academy. The latest star is 21-year-old Jacob Ramsey who debuted in 2019 and has since played a massive 63 games in all competitions for the Villans. The club wants to keep developing their youth ranks and have now targeted Rory Wilson and Ewan Simpson to add to it.

The 16-year-old Wilson has netted a whopping 49 goals for Rangers’ various youth teams last season. Therefore there is no surprise that the striker has made the list of Villa. Wilson is all set to leave the Scottish giants and join Villa in the coming weeks. The deal will see Villa pay £350,000 to Rangers for Wilson’s acquisition for their academy.

On the other hand, Hearts midfielder Ewan Simpson is another star wanted by Villa for their academy. Preece has said that there is ‘A lot of excitement over Wilson & Simpson’ as Villa will reportedly announce their deals in the coming days. Hearts will receive £250,000 from Aston Villa for Simpson.

Villa have readied their plans for Wilson and Simpson after their moves are made official. Since Wilson is already 16, and Simpson turns 16 next month Villa plan to register the duo with their under-18s. Furthermore, Villa expects their new academy players to develop and pave their way into the club’s under-23 setup.

Villa’s academy has been supplying them with enormous talent over the last few years. Tim Iroegbunam was the latest to make a leap from under-18s to the first-team, playing 3 Premier League games last season. Similarly, Jacob Ramsey is another star in the making who came through the club’s academy in 2019. It now remains to be seen who is next in line from the Villa academy.

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