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7500 To Holte 8 hours ago

Report: Veretout signing is imminent after medical with Villa tomorrow

Plenty of us were expecting to sign Jordan Veretout today, but this is still good news. Pictures surfaced earlier today of a player or person at Villa Park who plenty of us (myself included) thought was Jordan Veretout holding up an Aston Villa kit. That's it, then, it's done and dusted. We all just settled in to wait for the announcement. It turns out that we may have been a bit quick to jump to that conclusion if Sky Sports are to be trusted: BREAKING NEWS: Sky Sources - Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout to have medical at Aston Villa tomorrow #SSNHQ — Sky Sports News HQ...
7500 To Holte 14 hours ago

Villa reportedly make bid for prolific Championship striker

Aston Villa have reportedly made a £7 million bid for Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede If I told you that Aston Villa were going to get a tall, powerful, aerially adept, 26-year-old striker who averages a goal every 1.91 matches with his current club you'd be ecstatic, right? You'd wonder how it was that we were getting Christian Benteke back from Liverpool so soon. And then you'd expect me to quote you a £15 million or so price tag. But what if I told you that Aston Villa could have all of that for only £7 million? We can throw a party, right? If reports are to be believed we may...
7500 To Holte Jul 29, 2015

Villa given massive injury boost with only ten days left until seasons

It may just be a U21 match, but there's good news in that lineup. After Aston Villa turned what was supposedly a U21 match against Forest Green Rovers into a second-string turnout last week, I was eager to see what would happen with this week's similar match. And so when Villa released the lineup, I scanned it with interest. "Okay, yep, young, yep, young, young, boring, whatever, uh-huh, YES!" Here, I'll let you see for yourself: TEAM NEWS: #AVFC team (v @Tamworthfc): Watkins, Donancien, Mason, Toner, Kinsella, Calder, Lyden, Abdo, Sellars, Grealish, Robinson. #AVFC — Aston Villa FC...
7500 To Holte Jul 29, 2015

Aston Villa may sell Nathan Baker to Burnley

Reports are suggesting that Burnley are going to get Nathan Baker in a £2 million transfer. A report in The Times (relayed by Squawka [yes, I know, I'm sorry]) is saying that Nathan Baker is ready to join recently-relegated Burnley in a £2 million transfer. The move wouldn't come as too much of a surprise if it happened, as Baker is probably Aston Villa's fourth- or fifth-choice centre back right now. He has been widely pilloried by fans this summer for mistakes in preseason and his injury-prone nature, but despite the problems I'm not sure that this is a move worth making. So long as...
7500 To Holte Jul 29, 2015

Who else do you want to see Aston Villa sign?

There's still time left in the transfer window. Who's on your radar? Despite the season starting very soon, there are still a number of weeks left in the transfer window. Aston Villa have shown a willingness to spend money this summer and the squad looks to be improved. But there's no reason to stop now. We can still spend a bit more. Q: We've seen Aston Villa splash the cash a bit more this summer. What player, within reason, do you want Aston Villa to spend some money on and sign? Robert The easy answer is Charlie Austin, right? But I'm not too convinced that he fits into Sherwood's...
7500 To Holte Jul 29, 2015

Without reservation: You should be listening to Villa Review

In an attempt to make your life as a football fan better, we've got a recommendation for you. A good recommendation is one of life's most pleasing things. Simply seeing what someone else says in earnest, trusting that they have your best interest at heart, and doing whatever it is that the recommended is both liberating and calming. Try it sometime at your favorite coffee shop. Once you get to know the barista (and they you), go one day and just order "whatever you feel like making." The results are always fantastic, and the feeling of just trusting someone else with your decision is...
7500 To Holte Jul 28, 2015

Report: Villa moves towards Berbatov deal

Amid a hectic week of summer transfers, rumors are circulating that Villa are also nearing an agreement with striker Dimitar Berbatov. Tim Sherwood's busy summer looks to be getting even busier. A report from today's Express detailed that Berbatov is anxious to return to the Premier League, and Sherwood appears to be willing to arrange a reunion for the Bulgarian. No figures have been released as to what kind of wages Berbatov would command, but his lack of transfer fee means that slightly higher wages are easier to justify. Regardless of the departures of Christian Benteke and Andi...
7500 To Holte Jul 28, 2015

Kozak bags brace as Villa draw with Wolves

Libor Kozak continued his resurgence with two goals in Villa's preseason friendly with Wolverhampton Wanderers. There's a lot to talk about from Tuesday afternoon's friendly versus Wolves, but none more so than the form of Libor Kozak. He's looked very sharp so far this preseason, but he was at his best as Villa drew 2-2 in their penultimate preseason fixture. It only took Kozak 6 minutes to get on the scoresheet, his goal coming after some nice link up play between Hutton and Bacuna on the right side. The ball came towards the top of the box, Gabby let it run, and Kozak took one touch and...
7500 To Holte Jul 28, 2015

Leicester may scuttle Vertout deal before Villa can finish it

According to French reports, Leicester have outbid Aston Villa for Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout. We heard late last night that Aston Villa had entered a €10 million bid for FC Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout. If twitter was to be believed today, that bid had been accepted and the consummation of the deal was nothing more than a matter of finishing the paperwork. But new reports from France suggest that Leicester may be trying to scuttle the deal: Per @RMCsport Leicester have offered between €13m & €14m for Nantes' Jordan Veretout. Bid higher than Aston Villa's....
7500 To Holte Jul 28, 2015

Villa officially complete signing of Spanish fullback Crespo

Aston Villa have completed their seventh summer signing by finishing a deal with Spanish fullback Jose Angel Crespo. Tim Sherwood could not stop making deals if he were killed this very instant. Aston Villa have added their seventh signing of the summer (and fourth of the past couple of weeks) by adding Spanish defender Jose Angel Crespo from Cordoba CF. The details of Crespo's transfer aren't known aside for the fact that it's a three-year deal for the 28-year-old, but it's widely speculated that he has come to Villa for something in the €1 million range. Given the strength of the pound...
7500 To Holte Jul 28, 2015

Potential signing fills massive gap left by Weimann, Benteke

The departures of Aston Villa forwards Andi Weimann and Christian Benteke have left a big hole to fill in the goal celebration department. But fear not, Emmanuel Adebayor is (almost) here! With a pair of forward departures, Aston Villa have lost quite a bit in a vitally important department this offseason. And while you might be thinking, "Wait, Andi Weimann didn’t score goals," well, I’m not talking about that. No, I’m talking about what comes after a goal; the all-important celebration. While Andi’s productivity wavered after his first full season in Claret and Blue, his...
7500 To Holte Jul 28, 2015

Emmanuel Adebayor expected to finalise loan from Tottenham to Aston Villa: News and updates

Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to complete a loan move from Tottenham to Aston Villa in the next day or so. Gregg Evans at the Birmingham Mail is reporting that Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to be at Bodymoor Heath today and will have a medical tomorrow in order to complete a loan move from Tottenham Hotspur. The details of the move are not yet known, but Aston Villa will certainly be footing at least some of Adebayor's £100,000 per week wages in a loan that looks set to be aimed at a permanent move later. The wages, as so many have pointed out, are frankly absurd, but it's worth...
7500 To Holte Jul 27, 2015

Villa have reportedly agreed on €10 million fee for Nantes' Veretout

According to French newspapers, Jordan Veretout will join Aston Villa from FC Nantes for a fee of €10 million. French newspaper Oueste France is reporting that Aston Villa have agreed to a €10 million fee for the transfer of Jordan Veretout from FC Nantes. The report is yet another in the continuing stream from the French press, and while I'm not ready to say that this is a done deal yet, it seems highly unlikely that we'd be getting this many stories from this many sources if there was nothing there. The €10 million fee is roughly £7.1 million, which is a bargain by Tim Sherwood's...
7500 To Holte Jul 27, 2015

Aston Villa linked to Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout: Rumours, news, and updates

Numerous French sources are linking Aston Villa to FC Nantes' midfielder Jordan Veretout. If he signs, he would be the fourth Ligue 1 import to Aston Villa this summer. Multiple French media outlets are reporting that Aston Villa are in somewhere in the process of securing their fourth transfer of the summer from Ligue 1. This time it's Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout. The 22-year-old central midfielder is yet another box-to-box type sort of the in the mold of Idrissa Gueye. In thirty-six Ligue 1 appearances last year he scored five goals and added seven assists to that tally. The...
7500 To Holte Jul 27, 2015

Villa being heavily linked to young midfielder by French media

Numerous French sources are linking Aston Villa to FC Nantes' midfielder Jordan Veretout. Multiple French media outlets are reporting that Aston Villa are in somewhere in the process of securing their fourth transfer of the summer from Ligue 1. This time it's Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout. The 22-year-old central midfielder is yet another box-to-box type sort of the in the mold of Idrissa Gueye. In thirty-six Ligue 1 appearances last year he scored five goals and added seven assists to that tally. The reports are coming from multiple sources and I'll be honest and say that my knowledge...
7500 To Holte Jul 27, 2015

Is N’Zogbia leaving clues with bizarre Twitter activity?

Charles N'Zogbia is acting oddly on twitter, and it may give us a hint at the future. Charles N'Zogbia was, until this summer, the most expensive player that Aston Villa had purchased since Darren Bent. He has also been a pretty massive flop at the club. In between random spells of bright play and glimmers of potential he has had long stretches of play that is equal parts uncreative and wasteful. But he has inexplicably remained a fairly regular fixture in Villa lineups despite his obvious problems. But with cryptic clues on Twitter the French midfielder may be signaling that his time with...
7500 To Holte Jul 27, 2015

With Benteke at Liverpool, what's next for Aston Villa?

Jack and Robert return and the season IS SO CLOSE! Oh god, the season is just around the corner. Why is this summer so short? Jack wanted to podcast this week and I thought "eh, it's summer, we don't have to do every week" and then I remembered that "nah, it's not really summer any more because the season is basically here." So we're back! Two weeks in a row! And while last week saw us talking about the departure of Fabian Delph, this week sees us talking about Christian Benteke. With the big man off to Liverpool, Aston Villa are already looking at new striking options including Jordan Ayew...
7500 To Holte Jul 27, 2015

With Benteke at Liverpool Ayew is exactly what Villa need

Aston Villa have sealed the signing of Jordan Ayew. We’ve heard a lot about the reasons why this won’t work. But he’s exactly what this club needs at a crucial time. Villa have completed the signing of a young, energetic forward, who’s coming off a season in which he scored 12 goals for his club. And if you’re rating the move on fan reaction alone, you’d think the club just paid £40 million for a 35-year old. Look, I’m not immune to the fact that Jordan Ayew may have his downsides. This Goal article took a really pessimistic view of the transfer, but it’s one I can’t get...
7500 To Holte Jul 27, 2015

Aston Villa confirm signing of Jordan Ayew from Lorient

Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Jordan Ayew from Ligue 1's Lorient. With a quick tweeted video, Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Jordan Ayew from Ligue 1 side Lorient: TRANSFER NEWS: Big hello to our new signing Jordan Ayew! #AVFC #WelcomeJordan pic.twitter.com/rbl7gtefo3— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 27, 2015 Ayew joins after a transfer saga that seemed to stretch forever, but in reality was done in less than a week. The delay stemmed from a disagreement about transfer fee between Ayew and Lorient, with the player claiming that the club had told him he could...
7500 To Holte Jul 27, 2015

Villa on verge of signing Spaniard Crespo

Aston Villa appear set to sign Spanish centre back Jose Angel Crespo today. It looks as though Aston Villa's press office and medical department are set to have a busy day today. Not only is Lorient striker Jordan Ayew set to sign for Villa today, but Spanish side Cordoba CF have revealed on Twitter that their defender Jose Angel Crespo is flying to Birmingham today to have a medical. In a statement, the Spanish club said: "Cordoba and Aston Villa have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jose Angel Crespo to the English team. "The defender, after an agreement in principle...

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