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Aston Villa Set Sights On Burnley Striker Charlie Austin as Darren Bent Replacement

And hope to capture Bulgarian international.

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Aston Villa have reportedly made a £3.5 million bid for Lech Poznan winger Aleksandar Tonev, according to the Daily Mail.

The 23-year-old has been a known target for Celtic boss Neil Lennon this season whilst Bundesliga club Wolfsburg have also contacted the Polish side concerning a deal.

However, Villa have now thought to have entered the race after the Bulgarian international came highly recommended by former midfielder Stiliyan Petrov. Tonev is thought to be keen on a move to Germany though and could be set to disappoint the British pair.

Villa have also set their eyes towards replacing the departing Darren Bent by running the rule over Burnley striker Charlie Austin.

Bent has seen his role at the club diminish this season and looks set to move on this summer in a bid to revive his career and Paul Lambert wants to continue with his philosophy of signing young and hungry players from the lower leagues.

Austin, 23, has been in impressive form for the Championship side this season, bagging 28 goals in 40 games and it is thought that the Midlands side will offer around £4 million to secure his services.

The club are also set to open contract talks with Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann this week when the pair return from international duty with Belgium and Austria respectively.

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