Said Benrahma was at the top of Dean Smith's transfer priority list this summer.

The Aston Villa boss knew all about the talented 24-year-old after bringing him to English football as head of department in Brentford. And his breathtaking first season in this country, where he scored 10 in the league and scored an incredible 15 for his teammates, barely detracted him from wanting to see each other again.

Benrahma would eventually stay in West London, amid intense speculation linking him to B6. It is believed that the sticking point for Villa was the astronomical fee that the bees hunted for the Algerian somewhere in the region of 25 million pounds.

Smith had already injected nearly £ 150 million in cash and therefore had not approved a move for his old player.

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<p>    Another team that was on the market for Benrahma was allegedly Newcastle United. The Shields Gazette has claimed that Toon bosses are seriously considering a change for the winger as they try to attract lower league talent. </p>
<p>It is also suggested that the magpies in the transfer window could return to Benrahma in January to reduce relegation fears.</p>
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Villa has added reinforcements in attack areas, Jota, Trezeguet, El Ghazi and Wesley Moraes have all arrived. However, the form of the first season has shown that in the future even more options are possible. The fans ask the club to look around.

So far, he has not registered a template or scored a goal in the league, but his early season was interrupted after he missed the inaugural pair of championship games.