Dundee United star Kerr Smith could be set for Aston Villa as Manchester United lose ground in the race to sign the talented 16-year-old (Sun).

Manchester United had Smith training with them at the start of this season for a week but the likelihood of him playing senior football at Old Trafford in the near future is slim. Aston Villa believe they can offer a quicker route to the first-team.

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The Villans could beat Manchester United to his signature. (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

There is a clearer pathway to English Premier League football at Aston Villa and Dean Smith’s club have gained ground on Manchester United in the race to sign Smith because of this. Aged 16, he made his Dundee United debut jn the Scottish Premiership a few weeks ago against Kilmarnock.

Aston Villa are trying hard to make a deal happen, with a fee of around £500k plus add-ons believed to be enough for the defender. Dundee United won’t stand in Smith’s way if the right offer comes in for him.

 

Liverpool, Leicester City and Southampton have all tracked the defender too, taking it to five clubs from the Premier League watching Smith. But Aston Villa could be set to land him despite Manchester United making the first move.

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