The Daily Mail has said that Nottingham Forest are refusing to budge on their £15 million valuation of star winger Joe Lolley, with Aston Villa among the sides keen on the 26-year-old.

It was widely reported over the course of the 2018/19 Championship season that Nottingham Forest star Joe Lolley was attracting interest from a number of sides thanks to his strong form. Newly promoted Aston Villa have been heavily linked with a move for the winger, who grew up as an Aston Villa.

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Upon Villa’s promotion to the top flight, Forest upped their asking price to £15 million for the winger, reaffirming their stance.

However, Forest are unwilling to let Lolley go this summer unless someone can match their hefty price tag. Lolley won the Player of the Year award last season, finishing the campaign on 11 goals and 11 assists in 46 Championship games.

Villa have already moved to bring in two wingers this summer. Anwar El-Ghazi – who can operate at both left-wing and right-wing joined on a permanent basis from Lille OSC after his loan deal expired. Jota has also made the move to Villa Park from Birmingham City, with Gary Gardner heading in the opposite direction.

Despite the arrivals of El-Ghazi and Jota, Dean Smith appears to be in the market for another winger, specifically a right-sided one. Harry Wilson of Liverpool has been linked with a move to the Villans this summer.

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However, it would seem that Lolley is the number one target, given that he has been linked with a move to the club since the January window. That being said, Villa could look to move on if Forest continue to stick to their guns regarding their £15 million price tag for Lolley.

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