Aston Villa have agreed a £24m deal to sign longstanding West Ham United target Ismaila Sarr claims a new report this evening.

West Ham have been heavily linked with Watford forward Sarr this summer as David Moyes looks to continue his big rebuild.

The Scot wants an attacker who can play across the front line having ended his 18-month search for a striker with the £35m signing of Gianluca Scamacca.

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Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has made no secret of the fact he is very much using West Ham as the yardstick for his side in the coming seasons.

David Moyes has taken West Ham from a side flirting with the relegation places to a genuine European outfit and top six challengers over the last couple of years.

Gerrard sees West Ham as a club Villa can and should be emulating – as reported previously on Hammers News.

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The Aston Villa boss even said playing against the Hammers taught him a big lesson last season.

Aston Villa have showed they mean business with a host of quality signings so far this summer but have lost two of their first three matches, the latest a 3-1 defeat at Palace on Saturday.

But Gerrard clearly feels his side is missing something in attack.

Because Aston Villa have agreed a £24m deal to sign longstanding West Ham target Sarr claims a new report.

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Aston Villa agree £24m deal to sign longstanding West Ham target Ismaila Sarr claims report

Foot Mercato and Get French Football News claim that a verbal agreement has been reached between Watford and Aston Villa for the transfer of Moyes target Sarr, with the former Rennes man set to move in a €28m (£24m) deal to the Premier League side.

“The Hornets will also receive a 15% sell-on fee as part of the deal,” Foot Mercato and Get French Football News report.

“Sarr, who started his fourth season with the club this month with a goal from his own half, initially moved from Rennes in 2019 in a move worth €30m (£25.5m).”

The likes of Leeds and Crystal Palace were said to be rivalling West Ham for Sarr.

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But Villa have come in from left field and seem to have wrapped a deal up quickly and efficiently.

Sarr has scored 25 goals in 95 appearances for Watford.

West Ham’s focus appears to be very much on landing Chelsea left-back Emerson and Belgium midfielder Hans Vanaken.

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