By Phil Jennings
VILLA’S bid to sign Egypt winger Trezeguet is still on – but his club in Turkey have rejected the latest offer for him.
Kasimpasa vice president Hasan Hilmi Oksuz told the Anadolu Agency that Villa are interested.
But they are holding out for a fee of around £13.5million for the 24-year-old.
Oksuz said: “Aston Villa and one other English club have made an offer for Trezeguet. We received two offers. First one was £4.5million and the second one was £6.7million We rejected both. We are looking to get £13.5million from the sale of him.
“I think if he leaves the club, then he will move to other leagues because nobody in Turkey can pay our asking price for him.”
The last line suggests that Kasimpasa will let the player go, but are prepared to hold firm to get the price they want.
Villa are unlikely to pay £13million for the player and are in a position to negotiate with a host of targets on their wanted list.
But rival clubs will now be aware of Villa’s new found wealth and know they can up the ante.
However, the statement from Kasimpasa suggests one other club is keen on signing Trezeguet.