The Birmingham Mail has reported that Aston Villa will look to move on “a number of fringe players” when the summer transfer window opens.

Aston Villa are keen to sell a number of squad players during the summer transfer window, the Birmingham Mail has said.

Dean Smith is looking to move on players as Villa look to kickstart a transformation of their squad in their first summer transfer window with former Brentford boss Smith at the helm.

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The report does not name all the players that could depart but writes that striker Scott Hogan is one of multiple players who are likely to be sold during the summer. It has been reported over the past few months that a number of Championship clubs could look to make a move for Hogan.

Bristol City are reportedly keen on bringing Hogan in during the summer transfer window after they failed in their attempts to sign him in January.

Midfielder Jordan Lyden also confirmed earlier this week that he will be ending his 14-year association with the club. He returned from his loan spell with Oldham Athletic and suffered a serious knee injury, ending his chances of breaking into the first-team at Villa Park.

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During his time at Brentford, Smith built a young squad of promising players over the course of around three years with the club. Smith could look to use a similar transfer policy this summer, possibly bringing down the average age of the squad, which sits as one of the highest in the league at 28 (Transfermarkt).

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