Aston Villa offered ex-Arsenal and Tottenham ace Emmanuel Adebayor in January transfer

Elsewhere, Villa had been linked with Brentford winger Said Benrahma, who was close to a move to Villa Park during the summer.

His impressive performances for the Championship promotion-hopefuls has led to a valuation of over £25m, meaning it is unlikely Smith will make a move in January.

Villa have also been linked with a loan move for Chelsea outcast Michy Batshuayi.

However, the Belgian is apparently unwilling to leave on loan having played out on loan in the last two campaigns.