By Villa News Speaking to Alan Hutton

14th May, 2023 | 8:10am

Cameron Archer quit suggestion made at Aston Villa as £20m transfer news emerges

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Alan Hutton has backed Cameron Archer to leave Aston Villa permanently this summer to join Middlesbrough if they win promotion from the Championship.

Michael Carrick’s side are set to face Coventry City in the play-offs with Archer, 21, playing a vital role at the Riverside Stadium since moving there on loan in January.

The Walsall-born striker has scored 11 goals and supplied six assists in his 20 Championship appearances for Boro and, according to The Sun on 29 April, the Teesside club now want to sign him permanently.

It is understood that it would take at least £20million to prise Archer away from Villa Park but Hutton believes that would be money well spent for a newly-promoted club.

When asked if Middlesbrough could sign Archer if they win promotion, Hutton told Villa News: “Of course.

We talk about figures and it’s £20million for a young player who’s been in the Championship.

I think he’s a really good football player who can give you something a little bit different.

He’s still raw but he’s aggressive and he loves to run forward. He can score goals.

Will he get an opportunity at Villa? Probably not, I think they’ll go and buy somebody if I’m honest.

That could be a good move (to Middlesbrough). He seems comfortable there, he knows everybody and there’s a good young manager there helping him along. I think that could be a good move for him.”

Archer spent the first half of this season at Villa but played just six times in the Premier League.

However, all of those appearances were off the bench and none of them lasted more than 10 minutes.

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