Mail: Aston Villa see £25m bid for Leon Bailey rejected by Bayer Leverkusen

Aston Villa have reportedly had a £25m bid for Leon Bailey rejected by Bayer Leverkusen as it remains to be seen whether or not we raise our offer.

The 23-year-old had a fine season last year as he scored 15 goals and provided 11 assists in 40 appearances across all competitions.

READ MORE: Five talking points as Villa fall to 2-0 defeat at Stoke in pre-season clash

Embed from Getty Images

In turn, that form has seemingly gained Villa’s attention, but as per the Daily Mail, they’ve had an opening offer of £25m rejected by Leverkusen and so they’ll have to increase the bid if they wish to prise him away from the Bundesliga outfit this summer.

It’s added in the report above that Bailey is open to a move to the Premier League and that his club value him above £25m, and so time will tell if there is still hope that a deal can be done in the coming weeks.

Adding more quality to our attack and in the final third has been a priority for Villa this summer, having already signed Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City for a club record transfer fee.

Having struggled in skipper Jack Grealish’s absence last season, Dean Smith wants more creative quality and options in that department, and so Bailey could be another addition to address that issue.

With his pace, directness and ability to take players on, he would offer something a little bit different on the flank, although it remains to be seen what a deal would mean for the likes of Bertrand Traore, Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet who would fall down the pecking order.

For now though, time will tell if Villa make an improved bid and try to test Leverkusen’s resolve, or if they opt to consider alternative targets instead.