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Bas Dost declines move to Aston Villa

'Villa aren't big enough': Heerenveen striker Dost snubs summer move to join McLeish

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15:46 GMT, 19 April 2012

Heerenveen hot shot Bas Dost has snubbed a move to Aston Villa.

The 22-year-old last month spoke positively about the prospect of joining Alex McLeish's side, but is now said to have set his heart on moving to a more competitive club.

Italian agent Carmine Coviello has been employed to sound out interest in Italy, with Inter Milan said to be considering a move.

Villan of the piece: Dost has declined the chance to move to Aston Villa

Villan of the piece: Dost has declined the chance to move to Aston Villa

Wolfsburg and Valencia have also been linked with the Eredivisie top scorer, who has hit 28 goals in 30 league appearances this season.

Coviello told Sportmediaset: 'Dost has expressed a willingness to play for a big club next season and we are probing different clubs to try to take him to Serie A.

'All I can say is that we are offering him to teams who can spend €10m-€13m (8m-10.5m), because this is what Heerenveen demand.

'He turned down Aston Villa because he wants to play for a top club. We are working on pleasing him and we expect some responses.'