Danish international centre back Jores Okore follows in the footsteps of Martin Laursen and joins Villa
As most Aston Villa fans will tell you, the team’s defence is pretty much the priority area that had to be tackled in this summer’s transfer window. Cut out the silly mistakes and conceding of cheap goals, and Villa will pretty much instantly be a top-half team. A platform for the young Villa team to really push-on from.
While Aleksandar Tonev was the first name signed-up in this window, Jores Okore seems to have been on the Lambert radar for a while and perhaps the reason Villa’s manager didn’t make a move for a much-needed centre back in the last January window. If Okore was his man and was unavailable then, he was obviously prepared to wait.
The Jores Okore transfer has been a priority at Villa Park in the past fortnight and was always on the cards, as the press rumour mill churned out other red herrings for Villa fans to retweet. Okore’s recent international duty with Denmark just held up the dotting of the i’s and crossing the t’s.
With Okore’s agent confirming to the MOMS grapevine the deal is done (reported to be at the £4 million mark), it’s known the club should publicly announce the signing of the FC Nordsjælland centre back on Thursday 13th June (UK time). The six-foot Danish international, at 20-years-old, is still a work-in-progress, but has Champion’s League experience already to his name and should add athleticism and bite to the Villa defence.
The Ivory Coast born Okore will certainly make the two Villa centre back spots an interesting competition next season between himself, Vlaar, Baker and Clark. The question remains though, can Lambert get the back four unit effectively organised? The early nature of the transfer of Okore will no doubt help matters.
We wish him Mr Okore the very best.
In other news, the Monday MOMS heads-up of Villa agreeing a fee with a winger , has spouted out in the press, with it being stated it’s Leandro Bacuna of FC Groningen. MOMS had heard Villa were sniffing around in the Dutch league, so it does tally up. The signing of the Norwich keeper Steer, has according to our grapevine, hit some red tape, which has slowed down the transfer. Although, it is still expected to go ahead. UTV
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