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Norwich target Villa striker Davis

New Norwich City boss Dean Smith is being tipped to return to his ex-employers Aston Villa with a bid for striker Keinan Davis in January.

It is understood that 23-year-old Davis has struggled for game-time this term so far, ironically under old boss Smith, who has now identified him as someone that can help his new club avoid the drop.

A bid of between £2-4 million is likely to be enough to convince Villa to sell, though Smith will also happy with a loan deal, potentially with a view to a permanent move.

Norwich target Villa striker Davis

Reinforcements needed for Canaries

Despite being firmly embedded in the relegation zone, the East Anglia side earned their first win of the campaign under new boss Smith in his first game in charge with a 2-1 victory over Southampton.

It is clear though that the club needs surgery in January if they are to stay in the Premier League. Having struggled for goals, Davis could be the player that can assist and Smith obviously sees something in him.

The 50-year-old is also reportedly keen to raid his old club for attacking midfielder Conor Hourihane who is currently on loan with Championship side Sheffield United.

Any recruitment though is unlikely to stop there. Norwich have struggled to keep clean sheets this season and have been on the end of a number of hammerings, including from Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Canaries cantered their way to promotion last term, scoring for fun in the Championship – a trait that they have become accustomed to in the English second-tier, though they cannot seem to maintain a long term stay in the Premier League, becoming more of a ‘yo-yo’ club in recent seasons.


Canaries facing tough competition for survival

If Norwich are to stay up, Smith will have to work wonders, considering the clubs that are also at the bottom end of the table.

Newly cash-rich Newcastle arguably pose the biggest threat, with the club likely to spend big in January as they seek to prevent them from being relegated.

Then there is Watford, under the guidance of shock Premier League title winner with Leicester City, Claudio Ranieri. The Italian won his first game in charge of the Hornets, with an emphatic victory over Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Leeds United, who finished ninth last term, but appear to be suffering from ‘second-season syndrome’ are also in the mix, though under boss Marcelo Bielsa are capable of beating anyone on their day.

It certainly is a stern task for Smith at Norwich and he will be hoping that Davis can hit the ground running, should he sign.