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Championship clubs in transfer tussle for Northern Ireland midfielder George Saville

 

By Adam McKendry

Aston Villa and Leeds United are set to battle it out for Northern Ireland midfielder George Saville before Thursday's transfer deadline.

The 25-year-old Millwall ace, who played all 90 minutes of their opening 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday, has courted the interest of the promotion hopefuls, who wish to add him to their squads.

It is believed Millwall will try to hold out for around £750k in order to make a profit on the international player, who cost them £500k from Wolves this time last year.

Saville has been very impressive for the Lions, and his form at The Den was enough to earn him five caps for Northern Ireland, whom he qualifies for through his grandparents.

A move to Elland Road under new boss Marcelo Bielsa should interest Saville, who would be able to link up with international team-mates Stuart Dallas and Bailey Peacock Farrell at the club.

Villa are also particularly keen to acquire Saville given the impending departure of Jack Grealish to a Premier League suitor, likely to be Tottenham, along with the fact they have only made one summer signing so far: goalkeeper Andre Moreira.

The Villains were in competitive action for the first time last night as they began their Championship campaign with a 3-1 win away to Hull City.

Despite falling behind to a sixth-minute Evandro goal, Steve Bruce's side won it through goals from Tommy Elphick, Ahmed Elmohamady and Alan Hutton.

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