The main summer transfer window may have slammed closed when the Premier League season kicked off, but the loan market that is still open until the end of the month and offers up Villa an opportunity to strengthen…and for supporters to read more tittle-tattle.
It’s widely known now that Aston Villa have been encouraging Ross McCormack to seek a loan move this summer, even though they will no doubt have to cover the majority of his circa 30k/40k a-week-wages.
The last club linked to a loan was Sunderland, but now Rangers have been mentioned in the transfer tittle-tattle pages.
Paying off the likes of McCormack and Micah Richards due to their sizeable wages is complicated, as for financial reasons the players are understandably content to see out their contract. Also, in the case of McCormack, it’s been suggested in the press that Villa still owe Fulham money on the deal.
Speaking of tittle-tattle with a capital T & T, The Sun has alleged that Sheffield United are willing to pay Villa £35,000-a-week for Scott Hogan on a season-loan.
So, The Sun is trying to make out that Blades boss Chris Wilder thinks it’s a good idea to pay more money than any other player receives at his club to an injury-prone player?
Who, if you haven’t already noticed, is currently injured.
The Sun – not one cell of common sense, while Chris Wilder seems to have plenty of it flowing through his veins (he’s been videoed on a previous transfer deadline day, laughing at agents trying to pass off high-waged Villa loan players on him).
So, what do you believe?
Also, Villa are currently short on strikers, so unlikely to sanction it anyway at this stage of the season.
Recently Villa have been linked with Everton winger Yannick Bolasie, but it seemed according to reports that the player had chosen to team-up once again with his former Crystal Palace boss, Tony Pulis at Middlesbrough on a season-long loan.
The Toffees had bought the 29-year-old for £25m two years ago, and his wages are reported to be around 70k-a-week, the percentage of which that Boro or Villa would pay would obviously take some negotiating.
While it would be no shock to see Bolasie wanting to rejoin Pulis over Bruce, considering his history with the Boro boss, reports today suggest that Bolasie has kept an open mind and has met Villa officials to allow them a chance to persuade him to join Steve Bruce’s men.
Villa have been linked with Real Madrid’s prodigy Martin Odegaard in recent days, with the 19-year-old Norwegian attacking-midfielder considered a possibility to play on the flanks for Villa.
While he’s only played once for Madrid’s senior team, he’s still considered an exciting prospect and he got a full season under his belt with Eredivisie side Heerenveen, where he played over 40 times last season.
Considering the development of the player, a return to the Dutch league is more likely than the Championship, with Heerenveen and SBV Vitesse seen as the front runners for his loan signature this time.
Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is still being mentioned in term of Villa, but it’s uncertain where his destiny lies at this moment in time. While he hasn’t been in Chelsea’s two first team squads in the league this season, he did come on as a sub in their Charity Shield loss against Manchester City.