Aston Villa have reportedly lodged a formal offer to sign 17-year-old Scottish prodigy Kerr Smith from Dundee United this month.

According to a report by Football Insider, Kerr Smith is the subject of interest from Aston Villa over a move in the ongoing transfer window. The Villans have already submitted a formal bid to secure the services of the 17-year-old defensive prodigy from Dundee United.

Kerr Smith has spent most of his formative years with Dundee United, having arrived from Brechin City Boys Club in 2014, aged 10. The teenage prospect has come leaps and bounds in the last seven and a half years, although the going has been slow in the first-team setup.

Since making his senior breakthrough last year, the 17-year-old has turned out just 11 other times, with appearances coming few and far between. Despite that, Smith has impressed several Premier League bigwigs, with Aston Villa joining the race to sign him in the January transfer window.

This month, the Villans have been forced to dip their toes in the transfer market, as Axel Tuanzebe has left the club. The Manchester United defender has ended his loan stint with Aston Villa before joining Napoli on another temporary deal for the remainder of the campaign.

In addition to Tuanzebe’s departure, Aston Villa could see Kortney Hause depart Villa Park in the ongoing transfer window, with West Ham United recently submitting an enquiry for him. With Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings the only other centre-backs at Steven Gerrard’s disposal, the need to sign a central defender has cropped up for Aston Villa.

To that end, Kerr Smith has emerged as a viable target for the Midlands club, with the 17-year-old potentially being a long-term solution at the heart of the defence. The Scottish prodigy’s ability to play as a right-back could also make him an alternative to Matty Cash, further making him an appealing option for Aston Villa.

The Villans have now submitted a formal bid to sign Smith this month, although they will need to move quickly to secure the services of the teenage prospect. That is because Smith has also been linked with Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton. However, after making a formal offer, Aston Villa could be inching closer to signing the 17-year-old in the January transfer window.

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