The 22-year-old has attracted interest from many Championship clubs - according to BirminghamLive - and Preston North End were reportedly keen on a loan move, earlier this summer.

North End's chances of landing Davis on loan were said to depend on Villa bringing in a couple of strikers themselves, with last summer's £22m signing Wesley a long-term absentee through injury.

Davis appeared to be sliding down the pecking order at Villa Park after the big money signing of Ollie Watkins, and the imminent arrival of Bertrand Traore from Lyon - Villa have also been linked with Rhian Brewster, Milot Rashica and Josh King throughout the summer.

But, it looks likely that another of VIlla's front men will be shown the exit door before Davis.

West Brom and Fenerbahce are battling it out to sign their £8.5m January recruit Mbwana Samatta, who appears to have fallen out of favour with Dean Smith.

According to reports, Davis has been offered a new three-year contract - the hierarchy at Villa Park hold the academy product in a high regard.

As things stand, his contract is set to expire in almost nine months' time after signing a one-year extension earlier this year - while a new deal remained unsigned, there was the possibility of him leaving the club for free next year.

But after netting the third goal in Villa's 3-1 Carabao Cup win at Burton Albion, Davis said he wants to compete for a place this season.

"I'm looking forward to it (the season) a lot," he said. "Hopefully I'll have more involvement than last year; I got good experience towards the end of the season.

"Obviously, it's been a while since I've been on the scoresheet.

"I feel good, I've had a good pre-season and feel fit."

Last season, Dean Smith chose Davis as his preferred striker for Project Restart after the front man recovered from a three month injury.

PNE manager Alex Neil is desperate to add to his squad but only if the quality of player is right - it is no secret that PNE are targeting a striker this summer.

Davis fits the bill for the type of striker that would compliment the way North End play - he is strong, can cover the ground just fine and is athletic.