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Aston Villa and Gerrard ‘prepare to rival Crystal Palace and Brentford for Rangers star Joe Aribo’

Aston Villa ‘prepare to rival Crystal Palace and Brentford for Rangers star Joe Aribo’ with boss Steven Gerrard planning a team overhaul after securing £17m Philippe Coutinho on a permanent deal

  • Gerrard is keen to seriously improve Villa’s midfield and defense this summer.
  • Aribo, 25, is on his radar after playing a key role for him at Rangers last season.
  • The coach has already signed Coutinho permanently from Barcelona
  • Villa’s boss is also reportedly interested in Liverpool defender Joe Gomez.

Aston Villa have entered the transfer hunt for Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo.

Aribo, 25, who played a key role during Steven Gerrard’s title-winning campaign at Rangers last season, has attracted interest from numerous top clubs including Crystal Palace and Brentford.

The Aston Villa boss is reportedly keen to reunite with his former colleague and plans to make some serious renovations to his team this summer.

Rangers star Aribo has already attracted plenty of interest from Premier League clubs.

Rangers star Aribo has already attracted plenty of interest from Premier League clubs.

Having signed Philippe Coutinho for £17m earlier this week, Gerrard plans to strengthen his team’s backbone in midfield and defense during the next transfer window, according to Sun.

Before joining Gerrard’s Rangers, Aribo enjoyed his most fruitful campaign at Charlton in the 2018-19 season, helping Lee Bowyer’s side win promotion to the Championship via play-offs.

He has since represented Nigeria internationally, scoring a first goal for his country in September 2019 against Ukraine.

The versatile midfielder is primarily deployed as a deep-lying playmaker, but is also capable of playing an attacking role on the right flank.

Steven Gerrard has led Aston Villa to 12th in the Premier League with three games to go

Steven Gerrard has led Aston Villa to 12th in the Premier League with three games to go

Coutinho made Villa Park his permanent home earlier this week thanks to a £17m move.

Coutinho made Villa Park his permanent home earlier this week thanks to a £17m move.

Rangers even called on Aribo to play the first half of their crucial Europa League semi-final second leg against RB Leipzig earlier this month.

Alongside Aribo, Gerrard is also following the Joe Gomez situation at Liverpool, keen to lure the defender to Villa Park with the promise of more first-team football.

The England international has slipped further down the pecking order following the arrival of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig last summer and has since managed only three Premier League starts all season.

The decision made by rising star Coutinho to join Aston Villa on a £345,000-a-week pay cut has shown that high-profile players are keen to team up with Gerrard and be part of his long-term plans.

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