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Ismaila Sarr: Watford forward's £25m move to Aston Villa collapses

Aston Villa and Watford agreed a transfer fee in excess of £25m with add-ons on Saturday and Sarr was due to have medical on Monday; Cameron Archer or Kortney Hause loans were part of the discussion; Steven Gerrard and Villa's bosses had growing reservations and walked away from deal

Ismaïla Sarr of Watford celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-1 during the Sky Bet Championship between West Bromwich Albion and Watford at The Hawthorns on August 8, 2022 in West Bromwich, United Kingdom.
Image: Ismaila Sarr's move from Watford to Aston Villa has fallen through due to a series of stumbling blocks

Ismaila Sarr's move to Aston Villa has collapsed, with a host of stumbling blocks leading to Aston Villa withdrawing from negotiations.

An agreement was reached with Watford on Saturday for a fee worth more than £25m with add-ons. Sarr was due to undergo a medical in Birmingham on Monday.

But problems emerged when the two sides began to discuss the details of the deal, which included the possibility of Cameron Archer or Kortney Hause joining Watford on loan.

Sky Sports News has been told that Steven Gerrard and Villa's bosses had growing reservations over the deal, and have walked away.

Sarr was not in the Watford squad for Saturday's match at Preston North End, though Watford manager Rob Edwards said he was left out because of injury.

The 24-year-old Senegal international has scored 25 goals in 95 appearances since joining Watford from Rennes in 2019, with five of those goals coming in the Premier League last season.

Watford are second in the Sky Bet Championship table but had their attacking options depleted when striker Emmanuel Dennis joined Nottingham Forest last week. The Nigerian scored 10 goals for the Hornets in the top-flight last season but could not help to keep them up.

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