In terms of incoming transfer links to Aston Villa today, on top of the Birmingham’s standard multiple Henri Lansbury stories, it seemed that media outlets were running stories to dismiss their earlier stories on supposed Villa targets that had little logic to them in the first place.
One mooted name even managed to sign for a new club, so we don’t have to hear his name mentioned again.
Speaking of which…
Cleverley Joins New Club After Unlikely Villa Link
After Everton signed Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin for a fee rising to £24m, there was always going to be a midfielder or two making way, and when Premier League clubs outside the top six are linked by newspapers, Villa are seemingly thrown in the mix two.
But were the likes of Everton’s James McCarthy or Tom Cleverley in their prime ever going to trade in the Premier League for a loan spell of Championship football? MOMS previously said it was very unlikely indeed and Cleverley has been the first to prove this by today joining Watford on loan until the rest of the season.
Red Herring Rhodes
As MOMS stated early, logically it was unlikely that Villa would look to splash another £10m on a striker in the form of Middlesborough’s Jordan Rhodes. The Birmingham Mail today printed this oxymoron:
‘Middlesbrough have not received any bids for in-demand forward Jordan Rhodes.’
In-demand? But no bids…
It’s been reported that Crystal Palace have moved to the front of the queue in terms of enlisting the services of Leicester City winger Jeffrey Schlupp. It’s not clear if there was actually any serious Villa interest in the winger, but the price tag of £12m always made him unlikely.
All Roads to Hull Blocked
Hull maybe the City of Culture for 2017, but it’s unlikely Villa will be buying any of their players to improve the midfield culture at Villa Park. MOMS thinks this was just the BBC’s Pat Murphy putting an end to lazy journalism links, but worth repeating here:
— Pat Murphy (@patmurphybbc) January 12, 2017
Cairney Believe it Will Happen
Speaking of lazy links to players who played for Bruce at Hull City, some media outlets are trying to link Villa with Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney to a move to Villa. Search back three days and all the reports were linking Cairney with a move to Newcastle and that it was going to cost £10m for it to have any chance to happen.
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic recently said: “Tom Cairney is so important to us. I’m going to guarantee he’s going to stay with us.”
It doesn’t sound like someone who will let Cairney go easily.
Conspiracy theory: do papers run stories with players and then switch the club linked every few days!?
Derby and Birmingham local press will be delighted that they can write even more stories to add their their almost obsessive coverage of Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury.
According to Derby boss Steve McClaren, speaking at his latest pre-match press conference, nothing has been signed off on Lansbury, although the midfielder is still expected to sit out Forest games in the immediate future.
Here’s what McClaren said on the matter:
“I find that strange (reports of him signing for Villa). We have heard nothing of that.
“We made an enquiry and bid a couple of weeks ago, and I think there is turmoil going on at Forest at the present moment in terms of a takeover.
“So I think everything is up in the air in terms of Nottingham Forest and Lansbury. We are just keeping an eye on the situation.
“As I say, I don’t think anything will be sorted until the club knows who the new owners are going to be.”
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