Aston Villa get Cash

Manager Dean Smith was able to convince Cash to sign a five-year deal at Villa Park, spurning the advances of a clutch of rival Premier League clubs.

The 23-year-old made 141 appearances across six years at Forest, and is the latest City Ground product to secure a top-flight move.

“We are delighted to welcome Matty to Villa and believe we have secured one of England’s brightest young prospects,” said Villa boss Smith.

“He has an excellent playing record for a young player and we believe he will settle in easily and continue his rapid development into a top full-back.”

Cash confirmed he had signed a five-year deal at Villa Park, revealing his delight to make the top-flight step up.

“Absolutely buzzing to have signed a five-year deal at Aston Villa,” he tweeted.

“Something I’ve always dreamed of since I was a young boy to play in the Premier League, it really is a dream come true.”

The Slough-born defender admitted he had jumped at the chance to join Villa, as soon as he heard of the club’s interest.

“My agent rang me and said that Villa were interested, and immediately it was the place I wanted to come to,” said Cash.

“I said ‘don’t even worry about anywhere else, I want to come here and play’.

“It’s been a crazy journey from the age of 17, getting released at Wycombe Wanderers to kicking on.

“I had a very good five years at Forest and I can’t thank them enough – they were very good to me.

“Signing for Villa is a huge moment, and I want to thank everyone who’s supported me through this process.

“I’m coming off a good season and I’m ready to take that into the Premier League with Villa.”

Burnley want Nottingham Forest’s Matty Cash, so do Sheffield United

The 22-year-old right back has impressed this season at the City Ground, with Forest finishing 7th in the Championship and agonisingly missing out on a playoff place on goal difference.

Despite being on the verge of turning 23, Cash has significant experience in senior football, having played upwards of 140 times for Nottingham Forest since making his debut in 2016.

His performances this campaign have caught the eye of Sean Dyche, with the Clarets boss keen to bring Cash to Turf Moor – although he will face competition from the likes of Southampton, West Ham and even AC Milan.

It is Sheffield United though who may be the biggest thorn in Dyche’s side in terms of Cash’s capture, with the Daily Mail claiming the Blades have had a bid rejected for Cash over the weekend.

It is understood Nottingham Forest value their man at £15m.

Former Watford manager keen on Hornets duo

That’s according to Spanish publication AS, who report the Watford duo are on the list of Gracia’s transfer targets at current club Valencia.

The La Liga outfit represent Gracia’s first managerial role since being releived of his Vicarage Road duties in September 2019.

The Spaniard led Watford to their first FA Cup final since 1984 – albeit ending in a crushing defeat to Manchester City – and the Hornets’ progression to the final was largely thanks to the endeavours of forward Gerard Deulofeu.

Deulofeu is currently recovering from surgery on a ligament injury in his home country and didn’t feature for Watford following the season’s resumption.

With the Hornets now preparing for life in the Championship, the vultures will be circling around their best players, with Kiko Femenia also in the crosshairs.

The 29-year-old right back is also reported to be a target for Valencia as Javi Gracia looks to improve on their 9th placed La Liga finish this season.

Spurs continue chase of Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Everton are also interested in the Denmark international, with the Toffees reported to have offered close to £20m for the midfielder’s services.

Tottenham have only offered £15m, but it’s understood the player prefers a move to Spurs.

A switch to North London may suit Southampton better as the selling club, particularly as defender Kyle Walker-Peters has been on loan at St Mary’s this season and Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to secure him on a permanent basis.

However, as is to be expected, there are negotiations over fees, and it isn’t out of the question that both Spurs and Southampton could agree a cash-plush-player deal.