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Report: West Ham and Aston Villa battling for Coventry City wonderkid Tom Bayliss
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Report: West Ham and Aston Villa battling for Coventry City wonderkid Tom Bayliss

Coventry City midfielder Tom Bayliss is a summer target for West Ham and Aston Villa, according to the print edition of The Sun on Sunday (9th June, page 59).

Bayliss has been a standout performer for Coventry over the past two seasons. And now a host of Premier League clubs are hoping to snap him up.

Aston Villa want to raid West Midlands rivals Coventry for their talented midfielder. But West Ham are also in the race as they look to sign one of the Football League’s finest young talents.

These two sides are not alone in the race for Bayliss. According to TEAMtalk, Liverpool and Everton also want the youngster in a £3m deal.

Who is Tom Bayliss?

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Bayliss only made his first-team debut for Coventry in the 2017/18 season. But he soon established himself as a regular starter and played a pivotal role in the Sky Blues’ promotion.

The homegrown midfielder has now played 73 times for Coventry, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists. His best position is central midfield, where he is able to carry the ball and exhibit his impressive dribbling skills.

But Mark Robins has also used Bayliss on both flanks and he can play as an attacking midfielder too. This versatility and natural talent has caught the eye of Premier League admirers.

Bayliss is the latest talent to come off the Coventry conveyor belt. The 20-year-old has followed the likes of James Maddison, Callum Wilson and Cyrus Christie out of the Coventry academy.

And now West Ham could be looking to poach Bayliss. The England U19 international has plenty of potential and could be a future first-team star in East London.