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Aston Villa to revive Baptiste Santamaria interest this summer?

Aston Villa to revive Baptiste Santamaria interest?
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Aston Villa are reportedly planning to revive their interest in Angers midfielder Baptiste Santamaria this summer, having failed with an approach in January.

Aston Villa are reportedly ready to revive their interest in Angers midfielder Baptiste Santamaria this summer.

Dean Smith's side are understood to have made an approach for the 25-year-old in January, only for Angers to knock back their offer after holding firm on their asking price.

However, Sevilla ABC reports that the Ligue 1 outfit are expecting renewed interest in him when the transfer window reopens, with Villa among the clubs lining up a bid.

The Premier League outfit's transfer plans would be altered if they suffer relegation to the Championship, though, as Santamaria is unlikely to accept a move to the second tier of English football.

Sevilla and Villarreal are also thought to be keeping tabs on the France Under-20 international, while West Ham United have been linked with an interest in the past.

Santamaria, who plays mainly as a defensive midfielder, has made 30 appearances for Angers across all competitions this season.

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