7500 To Holte Aston Villa have officially announced the signing of Nicklas Helenius, the 6-foot 5-inch striker from Danish club Aalborg BK. The Dane is Paul Lambert's fourth signing of the summer, coming after Aleksander Tonev, Jores Okore, and Leandro Bacuna. In the Danish Superliga last season, Helenius was the second-leading scorer, with 16 goals. The total was enough to net him the Danish Superliga Player of the Year award from UEFA. Nicklas Helenius Scouting Report "... He's also good off the ball, creating space for his teammates -- would love to see Gabby's pace combined with this parti...14 hours ago
7500 To Holte Eric Lichaj, the United States defender who had a terrible year for Aston Villa, has been acquired by Championship side Nottingham Forest FC. Lichaj came into the 2012-13 season as one of Aston Villa's - and the United States' - more promising players. His play near the end of the 2011-12 campaign had fans excited about the potential for a defender who could adequately play on both sides of the pitch, and showed some ability to get forward. Unfortunately, Lichaj not only didn't progress from his previous for, he got worse. In his season review of the defense, Aaron wrote that "after wo...14 hours ago
7500 To Holte Antonio Luna Age: 22Position: left backClub(s): Sevilla, but on loan to Mallorca for part of 2012-2013In one word: Bargain Finding a solid, quality left back to slot in to the regular starting XI has been a real problem for Aston Villa over the last few seasons. Stephen Warnock's faint glimmer of World Cup-esqe talent flickered and died. Eric Lichaj never achieved consistent, premier-league quality. Enda Stevens seems to have vanished into thin air. And although Joe Bennett improved at the end of the past season, there's still a touch of uncertainty about his game. Paul Lambert's solut...June 17, 2013
7500 To Holte Nicklas Helenius Age: 22 Position: Forward Club(s): Aalborg BK In one word: Impactful The latest word around Birmingham is that Danish striker Nicklas Helenius will be announced as an Aston Villa player after he passes his medical on Monday. The 22 year old has been at Aalborg since 2005, and made his debut with the senior squad at the end of the 2009-2010 season. Last August, he earned his first senior cap for Denmark against Slovakia, and later played in the friendly against Turkey in November. According to the AaB official site, Helenius has played 102 games for the club, scoring ...June 17, 2013
7500 To Holte It's no secret that Aston Villa have had a bit of trouble at left back over the past few seasons, ever since Stephen "I went to the World Cup and all I brought back was this silly tee shirt" Warnock burned out into a pile of charred ashes. Then there was Eric Lichaj, who had so much potential that he simply never realized. One of Paul Lambert's first signings, Joe Bennett, had a bit of a rough start to the season, although he started to look more stable toward the end. It seemed Bennett was as good as Villa were going to get, and most supporters crossed their fingers for more improveme...June 16, 2013
7500 To Holte Callum Robinson has announced, via his Twitter account, that he has signed his first professional contract with Aston Villa. The young forward, born February 2 1995, has been with the Villa Academy since the start of his career. He has also been capped for England at the U17 level. Like so many other talented Villa youngsters, Robinson has had the pleasure of playing in the NextGen tournament. He scored in last year's 4-0 group stage win over Fenerbahce, and was part of the squad that beat Chelsea this time around to lift the trophy. In fact, he even helped Villa get their first goal, ...June 14, 2013
7500 To Holte Leandro Bacuna Age: 21Position (s): Box-to-box midfielder, winger, defensive midfielderFormer club: FC Groningen In one word: pacy On June 13, Aston Villa confirmed the signing of Dutchman Leandro Bacuna from Eredivisie side Groningen on a three-year deal. Bacuna came through the youth ranks at Groningen and spent four seasons with the senior side, making 109 appearances and scoring 14 goals. The 21-year old is certainly talented. He's a versatile footballer who can play on either flank, sit deep in midfield, or even fill in defensively. Bacuna is both strong and quick and can make use...June 14, 2013
7500 To Holte It seems Aston Villa have told Stephen Ireland that he's free to find a new club -- although one imagines that the words used were much more along the lines of, "Hey, mate, you're sucking up a huge part of the wage bill and you're doing #*&! all so how's about doing us a favor and setting up shop elsewhere?" Since joining the Villa as part of the deal that saw James Milner moving to Manchester City, and had his debut on the day his new side fell 6-0 to Newcastle. Such an inauspicious beginning would turn out to be quite indicative of future events. Ireland showed glimpses of the ta...June 13, 2013
7500 To Holte Aston Villa have already been busy in the summer transfer market. With so many rumours, signings, and players leaving, it's hard to keep track of it all. But don't fear, we're here to help you. Below you'll find all of the latest Aston Villa transfer news along with links to our stories about each player and a profile of the player, if applicable. We'll keep this up-to-date as the summer goes on, and be sure to bookmark the page for future reference. 7500 to Holte transfer rumours and news hub (all of our transfer stories in one place) Welcome to the club - players who have signed ...June 13, 2013
7500 To Holte After hearing from Dutch newspapers and FC Groningen themselves, we now have confirmation from Aston Villa that the club have signed Dutch midfielder Leandro Bacuna to a three-year deal through the 2015-16 season. In his 37 appearances (30 starts) for Groningen in 2012-13, Bacuna scored five goals. If you're wondering what Villa have gotten in Bacuna, Kirsten will have a profile up a bit later, but for now take a look at what Mohamed Moallim, a writer on Dutch football, has to say. He was replying to someone's question about whether or not Bacuna was fit for the EPL: Hard to say, on ...June 13, 2013
7500 To Holte Aston Villa's newest signing, Jores Okore comes to Birmingham as a player with whom many (most?) fans are unfamiliar. The 20-year-old Danish defender has been a key part of FC Nordsjaelland's strong run in the Danish Superliga the past few years. Last season, Nordsjaelland played Chelsea in the Champion's League group stages, and Okore was reportedly headed to the London club in January, but rejected the deal because he wanted more playing time than he would get. Since he has seen the Dane play and had to assess the value of adding him to Chelsea, I decided to ask Graham MacAree, the e...June 13, 2013
7500 To Holte After finding out last week that Aston Villa had made - and had rejected - a £3 million bid to Danish club FC Nordsjaelland for Jores Okore, I assumed Lambert would turn his attention elsewhere. Apparently, that assumption was wrong, as Villa are reportedly close to signing the Denmark international on a £4 million fee. According to reports seen practically everywhere, Okore is in Birmingham for a medical and to finalize terms on a contract. If so, this would mean that Aston Villa would likely be wrapping up the signing of two Danish players in a week. Okore helps to address Aston Vill...June 13, 2013
7500 To Holte Sometime next week I expect to write a story that Aston Villa are looking to hire a new team doctor to take some work away from our current one. On the heels of the rumours that Nicklas Helenius and Jores Okore have traveled to Birmingham for medical check ups prior to signing with Aston Villa, we're now finding out that 21-year old midfielder Leandro Bacuna is being examined as well. Bacuna will be coming from the Eredivisie club Groningen, where he has scored 14 goals in 108 appearances. He also features with some regularity on the Netherlands U21 squad, after having appeared in 10 m...June 13, 2013
7500 To Holte Well this is escalating quickly. It hasn't even been an hour since I last wrote about Leandro Bacuna, and now the Dutch website Voetbal International is reporting that the midfielder from FC Groningen has signed a 3-year deal with Aston Villa. Included in the story is that as part of the deal Groningen and Aston Villa will play a friendly at some point, likely next year. Mat Kendrick doesn't go as far as this story, but in reference to a tweet in which he said fans could be buying Tonev, Okore, and Ocuna kits before long, he said the following: I left Helenius off that list for two re...June 13, 2013
7500 To Holte Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Danish defender Jores Okore from Danish Superliga side FC Nordsjaelland. The 20-year-old put pen to a four-year contract that will keep him with Villa through the 2016-17 season after he passed a medical at Bodymoor Heath today. It's sort of delightful to read what Okore has to say, since he's already taken to loving Aston Villa. "This is the right club for me," he said, "I feel it straight away." Both Okore and Paul Lambert think that the new signing can have an immediate impact with the club. Lambert also views the signing as one that should...June 13, 2013
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