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Norwich to resist attempts to prise Max Aarons away from Carrow Road

Max Aarons lifts the Championship trophy Credit: Pa

Norwich will resist any attempts to prise Max Aarons away from Carrow Road this summer.

The right-back has been linked with Manchester United and Crystal Palace but the Canaries are determined to keep him, Press Association Sport understands.

There is little desire to sell ahead of their Premier League return given how Aarons could progress in the top flight with them next season.

He has been mentioned as a possible alternative target for United if they fail to land Aaron Wan-Bissaka but there are yet to be any enquires for the England Under-19 international.

Arsenal and Chelsea have also kept tabs on the defender, who began his career at Luton and joined the Norwich academy in 2016.

The 19-year-old only signed a new five-year contract in October with the Canaries happy to reward their players often for their progress.

Milton Keynes-born Aarons was named the EFL Young Player of the Season and was included in the Sky Bet Championship Team of the Season.

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Aston Villa sign Anwar El Ghazi on a permanent deal

El Ghazi celebrating his decisive play-off final goal for Aston Villa Credit: PA

Aston Villa have signed Anwar El Ghazi on a permanent deal from French club Lille.

The 24-year-old has agreed a four-year contract, having spent last season on loan at Villa Park.

El Ghazi starred in the Championship play-off final win against Derby last month, scoring the opening goal in the 2-1 victory which clinched Villa's return to the Premier League.

Villa boss Dean Smith told the club's official website: "Anwar proved to everybody at Wembley how good a player he can be for Aston Villa."

Page 2: 10:27Smith added: "He's ready for the step up to the Premier League and he's a young player who has an awful lot of potential.

"It's now my job and the job of the coaching staff and Anwar himself to fulfil the potential that he undoubtedly has. He'll be a great addition to the squad for next season."

As well as his goal at Wembley, El Ghazi scored a further five times during the course of the regular season as Villa finished fifth in the Championship table.

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