Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has offered Swindon Town £3.5 million for midfield duo Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin, reports The Telegraph.
But Villa are set to face competition for the pair as recently-relegated Queens Park Rangers have matched the offer for the highly-rated youngsters.
Swindon, who lost out on promotion to the Championship after losing to Preston North End in the League One play-off final on Sunday, are resigned to losing the pair this summer but chairman Lee Power is holding out for a £4m deal.
Sherwood worked with Luongo, 22, while he was in charge of the Tottenham Hotspur academy and is said to be a long-term admirer of the Australian international.
The Villa boss is also keen on brining Gladwin, also 22, as he looks to add young and talented players to his squad for next season.
Some of the Villa squad face uncertain futures as Sherwood looks to raise funds to delve into the transfer market. Carles Gil, Andreas Weimann, Philippe Senderos and Matthew Lowton could all be on their way out of Villa Park this summer.
Luongo and Gladwin have played key roles in Swindon’s season and both players are expected to hold talks with Power this week over their futures at the County Ground.
Luongo was reportedly subject of a £1.9m bid in January from an unnamed Turkish club.
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