Aston Villa are keen to sign Sergio Romero but face a major hurdle in affording the Manchester United goalkeeper’s wages.

Dean Smith is keen to land another keeper before the new Premier League season gets underway on September 19 and sees the Argentine as an ideal candidate.

The 33-year-old is entering the final year of his deal at Old Trafford and could be available because of United’s current situation between the sticks.

Romero has been back-up to David de Gea for several years and has been happy to play second fiddle to the Spaniard.

He has often featured mainly in Europa League and domestic cup games during his time at the club, with De Gea utilised in the Premier League.

Aston Villa are keen on Sergio Romero
Aston Villa are keen on Sergio Romero

But with Dean Henderson returning to Old Trafford after his loan spell at Sheffield United, Romero could see himself third in the pecking order next season.

He is also said to be unhappy at being left out for United’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea and the Europa League loss to Sevilla.

According to The Athletic , Villa are looking to use this to their advantage, but they could struggle to match his salary.

Sergio Romero has played second fiddle to David de Gea
Sergio Romero has played second fiddle to David de Gea

United value Romero at £10million and are willing to sell, but they could also use Villa’s interest in him to their advantage.

Solskjaer has been targeting Villa captain Jack Grealish for most of the summer and could use Romero as a makeweight for any deal.

Meanwhile, Villa have agreed a £16m deal for Nottingham Forest full-back Matty Cash.

And Smith is now looking to sign Bournemouth 's Callum Wilson and sign Ollie Watkins from Brentford.

The club stayed up by the skin of their teeth last season and Smith knows he needs to sign reinforcements to help their cause next term.

The manager would love to keep hold of Grealish but knows he could use the money from his transfer to sign several new players.