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7500 To Holte 2 hours ago

What's your favourite unlikely Aston Villa transfer rumour?

Because this club is weird. The summer transfer window is a time for rumours, often times ridiculous ones. That's part of the fun of it. Until the window closes, nothing can be totally ruled out. Many things can be written off as extremely unlikely, but with the way football is, you can't always be 100% sure of that. I thought I'd ask the 7500 to Holte staff what their favourite instance of a crazy Villa rumour was. Q: What is your all-time favourite completely implausible rumour about a player coming to Aston Villa? RJ This is a tough one since Villa haven't been linked much with players...
7500 To Holte 22 hours ago

Villa linked with Ajax captain

Aston Villa have apparently made a bid for Ajax left back Nicolai Boilesen It's hardly breaking news that Aston Villa are looking for a new left back, and the club have today had a bid rejected for Ajax club captain Nicolai Boilesen. Both the Birmingham Mail and Dutch news outlet AD.nl (in Dutch) have reported the news that Villa have had a £1.3million bid rejected for the Danish international. However, it appears as though Ajax want another £1million before accepting the offer. At this stage, it is uncertain whether or not Villa will meet this valuation. What is more certain...
7500 To Holte Jun 30, 2015

An Optimist's Transfer Wishlist: Defenders

While nobody outside of Tim Sherwood's inner circle will truly know who the eccentric Englishmen is genuinely targeting this summer, the rest of us can only sit and hope for specific players to be brought in to Villa Park this summer - these are some defenders who would shine in the claret and blue of Aston Villa. Left Back: Jetro Willems - (PSV) We all know that Villa is in desperate need of explosive fullbacks. The Kieran Richardson - Aly Cissokho carousel is not a promising avenue for Villa's future, and nobody besides Leo Bacuna looks up to the challenge of being an attacking fullback...
7500 To Holte Jun 29, 2015

A Villa transfer rumor with a Chery on top

Villa have 3.5 million bid rejected, but still hoping to complete a move for FC Groningen's Tjaronn Chery. After a solid start to the transfer window by singing Micah Richards on a free, there hasn't exactly been a lot of activity around Aston Villa this off-season. There had been a few links here and there, and plenty of players exiting the club, but there was little news of any incoming players until last week, when Villa put in an offer (which was later rejected) for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Maybe, with players soon to return from holidays, and the pre-season just around the...
7500 To Holte Jun 29, 2015

Ray Wilkins appointed as assistant manager

Ex England International and Chelsea coaching veteran to link up with Sherwood at B6. Aston Villa have today confirmed the appointment of Ray Wilkins as the club's assistant manager. Wilkins is a widely respected and highly regarded coach within the game and brings a wealth of coaching experience, including work with the England under 21s, to the club. Carlo Ancelotti remarked on his time at Chelsea that 'without him we wouldn't have won a thing' and he may well prove to be a very savvy appointment by Tim Sherwood. It seemed likely that Chris Ramsey would become Sherwood's number 2  for...
7500 To Holte Jun 28, 2015

Delph buyout clause - what to think?

The transfer rumour mill has cranked up into full-gear around Aston Villa once again this week with a couple of reports on a buy-out clause in Fabian Delph's contract. First the Daily Mirror reported that there was a £10 million buy-out clause in his contract which Manchester City were looking to activate. Then the Telegraph's John Percy followed up, claiming it to be only £8 million but only for clubs "in European competition" and also citing Man City as the interested team. Reasons it could be true: - Two journalists are reporting substantially the same story, and John Percy is the...
7500 To Holte Jun 26, 2015

Liverpool reportedly set to make renewed Benteke offer

Liverpool are apparently set to improve their £22 million bid for Christian Benteke. The biggest question of the summer for Aston Villa is: will Christian Benteke be here when the season starts. If a club comes calling with the £32.5 million that it would take to trigger Benteke's release clause, Villa will have no option but to let him go. But Liverpool plan on making Villa make a decision with a £25 million bid according to a report from the Mirror. Villa have insisted that they are trying to get Benteke to sign a new contract and that they won't even listen to any offers below the...
7500 To Holte Jun 25, 2015

Benteke could move for less than £32.5 million, and that's okay

Aston Villa should be prepared to have an answer on Christian Benteke’s future in the next couple weeks, regardless of whether or not his release clause is met. Reports yesterday indicated Aston Villa are looking to hold out for the full value of the release clause, £32.5 million, if they are to sell Christian Benteke this summer. For now? That’s quite fine. It’s still early in the summer, and there’s still plenty of time for bids to come in. But in a week and a half, on July 6, Tim Sherwood’s squad will report back for pre-season camp, and it would sure as hell be nice to...
7500 To Holte Jun 24, 2015

An Optimist's Transfer Wishlist: Goalkeepers

While nobody outside of Tim Sherwood's inner circle will truly know who the eccentric Englishmen is genuinely targeting this summer, the rest of us can only sit and hope for specific players to be brought in to Villa Park this summer - these are some goalkeepers who would shine in the claret and blue of Aston Villa. Tom Heaton - (Burnley) We already know that Sherwood has an obvious affinity for English players, and recently-relegated Burnley's Tom Heaton fits his criteria unassailably. Heaton stands at 188 cm, or 6 foot 2, and started all of Burnley's Premier League games last year. He...
7500 To Holte Jun 24, 2015

Aston Villa look to Jazz up lineup with promising Swansea right-back

With Matthew Lowton gone, Tim Sherwood is apparently turning to Swansea to bolster his right-back corps. Tim Sherwood has let Matthew Lowton go, and it's widely rumoured that he would do the same for Alan Hutton. Meanwhile, he recently just lost out on signing Kieran Trippier from Burnley. All signs point to the Aston Villa wanting (and needing) a new right back, and Swansea may have just the player he's looking for: Wales international Jazz Richards. Richards spent the latter half of this past season on loan at Fulham where he impressed with his defense and came close to scoring a few...
7500 To Holte Jun 24, 2015

Liverpool signing Firmino should be good news for Villa fans

Liverpool have signed Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim, and that probably means that they won't sign Aston Villa's Christian Benteke. As I'm sure you know by now, Liverpool have completed the signing of Roberto Firmino from Bundesliga club Hoffenheim for £29 million. The move is the biggest this summer for Liverpool, but it may turn out to be one of the most important of the summer for Aston Villa, as well. Christian Benteke is, of course, Villa's hottest commodity. With a release clause of £32.5 million, he's an exceptionally talented player who can be guaranteed to be had by a team with...
7500 To Holte Jun 24, 2015

Players who didn't come good at Aston Villa

And there's a lot of them... Aston Villa have been an absolute mess of a club for a couple seasons now. Because of that, we've had many players over the past couple seasons who've shown flashes of brilliance, but then haven't kept it up. Hopefully someday we'll get out of this rut and be able to figure out a way to harness that potential. One can dream. Q: Andi Weimann and Matt Lowton both left the club this week. What is, for you, the saddest instance of an Aston Villa player not being able to come good? Andrew Right now I think it's Carles Gil. There's still time but this one seems...
7500 To Holte Jun 23, 2015

Aston Villa center-back rewarded with new contract

After an excellent season, Ciaran Clark is set to sign a new contract to stay at Villa Park. Amongst all the player exits from Aston Villa these past few weeks, one player looks like he won't be going anywhere. 25-year-old Ciaran Clark, one of Villa's better performers this season, is set to sign a new contract with the claret and blue.The Irish center-back, who is entering the final year of his contract, has reportedly drawn interest from West Brom in the past few days. Villa fans may have rioted if such a move had gone through, but it doesn't seem like there's anything to worry about, as...
7500 To Holte Jun 22, 2015

Burnley sign Aston Villa right back Matthew Lowton

Matthew Lowton has officially completed the move from Aston Villa to Burnley. Last week Aston Villa sold off the once-promising striker Andi Weimann. This week it's once-promising right-back Matthew Lowton who is being shipped off. As was widely expected, Burnley have completed the transfer for Lowton for an undisclosed fee. It's likely to be something in the range of £1 million, though, which would be a profit of £250,000 on the player but oh god who cares about money at this level. The good news for Lowton here is that he should have no trouble remembering which kits to pass to. I've...
7500 To Holte Jun 22, 2015

Liverpool to swap Italian striker for Delph?

A rumour late Monday evening linked Fabian Delph with a move to Liverpool, with Villa getting £12 million plus an Italian international in return. So this happened tonight, breaking Villa Twitter: The deal is... Delph to #lfc with Borini in permanently and Ibe on loan - plus £12m. It's being discussed - but unlikely. — Jonny Gould (@jonnygould) June 22, 2015 Wait, what? I generally would consider Gould to be the type of guy who’s reliable enough to not spew complete crap around, so… that’s something? At the very least though, he’s said it‘s "being discussed," but also...
7500 To Holte Jun 22, 2015

Villa set for Sporting Braga friendly

Villa's pre-season schedule has seen a change as the club are set to face Braga instead of Bristol City. Aston Villa will see a step up in competition for their second pre-season friendly, as a clash with Bristol City has been replaced by tie with Portuguese side Sporting Braga. The fixture is set to take place on July 17th at the Estadio Da Nora, in Albufeira in Portugal, the same date and venue of the original game with Bristol City. Tickets for the game are free of charge, though it is unlikely that many will make the trip. There has been no word as to why the change has been...
7500 To Holte Jun 22, 2015

Yacouba Sylla signs for Stade Rennes

Another signing from the Paul Lambert era has left the club today. It's official, Malian midfielder Yacouba Sylla is no longer an Aston Villa player, having signed for Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes on a four year deal. [Off. Mercato] Yacouba Sylla rejoint officiellement le @staderennais pour 4 ans (juin 2019). cc @91_yacou #SRFC pic.twitter.com/iEcG1Ln71y— Stade Rennais F.C. (@staderennais) June 22, 2015 Whilst Sylla departing should not come as a surprise, his destination is somewhat surprising. Although Stade Rennais only finished in 9th place in Ligue 1 this season, they can...
7500 To Holte Jun 19, 2015

Report: Defender to leave Villa for Burnley in £1 million move

Matthew Lowton looks set to join Burnley for £1 million. Think back to the summer of 2012. Alex McLeish was gone and Paul Lambert had arrived, bringing hope and optimism. Forget, for a moment, everything that we know happened later. In July of that year, Lambert made Matthew Lowton his second signing at Aston Villa. For £3 million, Lambert was able to lure the young right back away from Sheffield United. That first year was a great one for Lowton. 37 appearances, 2 goals, assists, and he looked to be on the verge of an England call-up. And then Lambert decided to stop using him as much....
7500 To Holte Jun 19, 2015

Huddlestone injured, set to remain at Hull?

Aston Villa transfer target Tom Huddlestone has undergone surgery, and looks likely to remain at Hull City. It was rumoured this week that Aston Villa were interested in signing Hull City's Tom Huddlestone, but following ankle surgery for the English midfielder, a summer move now looks unlikely. A number of outlets, including the Hull Daily Mail, have reported that Huddlestone has opted for surgery to fix an ankle problem that he had for much of the season. It is believed that the player should recover in time for the first game of Hull's Championship campaign against Huddersfield in...
7500 To Holte Jun 19, 2015

Season Review: The Managers

Paul Lambert Paul Lambert did a huge amount of harm to both Aston Villa and his reputation this season, largely due to a tactical approach that saw us play the worst football in the league. Pre-season preparation - Buy cheap Lambert was never in a good position in terms of the summer transfer window, with Randy Lerner essentially leaving him with no money.  Even accepting that, the players who came in showed a clear lack of ambition: Philippe Senderos, Joe Cole, Aly Cissokho, Kieran Richardson, Carlos Sánchez as transfers and Tom Cleverley on loan. Senderos, Cole, Cissokho and...

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