Aston Villa striker was eyed by West Brom as pundit predicts score for ‘must-win’ Southampton game

The latest Aston Villa news and rumours on Friday

Aston Villa are back in action this evening at home to Southampton.

Steven Gerrard’s side drew 1-1 at home to Manchester City last time out and can take confidence from that result.

They are currently outside the relegation zone on goal difference after their opening six matches this term.

Here is a look at the latest news coming out of the club...

Striker was eyed by West Brom

West Brom reportedly made a move to sign Keinan Davis from Aston Villa in the last transfer window.

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The striker, who spent the second-half of the last campaign at Nottingham Forest, ended up joining Watford on loan.

However, the Baggies made a ‘late attempt’ to lure him to the Hawthorns but were unsuccessful, as detailed in a report by The Athletic.

Attacker left out

Cameron Archer has been left out of the England U21s squad.

The youngster, who was a hit on loan at Preston North End last season, has been overlooked by the Three Lions.

Nevertheless, Jacob Ramsey has been named in Lee Carsley’s squad, whereas Aaron Ramsey and Tim Iroegbunam have been called up for the U20s.

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Pundit predicts score

Pundit Paul Merson has tipped Aston Villa to pick up a big win tonight.

He thinks the hosts will beat the Saints 2-0.

In his column with Sportskeeda, he has said: “This is a must-win Premier League game for Aston Villa. They got an unexpected 1-1 draw against Manchester City and their game against Leicester City was called off, so this is a good chance for them to get all three points. It’s always a different kind of game when you go into it expected to win, but I think Villa will get a positive result.”