It is being reported that Tottenham Hotspur are set to offer Aston Villa a £15 million take-it-or-leave-it offer for their star playmaker Jack Grealish. The Sun claims Daniel Levy is ready to test the financial worries at Villa Park, by making the move as a one-time offer.
Of course, Villa were hoping for much more in the sale of Grealish. Their star young talent, previous reports have put his asking price at around £40 million.
But considering their current financial woes, it will be hard for Villa not to accept the bid. However, given their current situation, Aston Villa should only accept a £15 million bid on one condition. It involves the addition of a player into the Tottenham deal as an exchange.
The player in question is Cameron Carter-Vickers. The American talent had two loan spells in the Championship last term, with Sheffield United and Ipswich Town. His future at Spurs once looked promising, but whether he has a long-term Spurs career now seems to be up in the air.
Aston Villa need a new centre-back. With John Terry and Chris Samba leaving, James Chester’s future in doubt and Axel Tuanzebe’s loan move finishing only the injured and out-of-favour Tommy Elphick remains.
Bringing in a player like Carter-Vickers would be one step toward the club’s rebuilding process. His wages would be manageable and he would fill a definite hole in the team.
Letting Grealish go is going to be hard for Aston Villa. Judging by recent reports, it seems the club is in serious financial peril. Eventually, the playmaker has to go and if they can get £15 million and a player to build the future on, it is a deal they might have to snap up.
Aston Villa’s Jed Steer treatment now looks even more baffling
Aston Villa allowed Jed Steer to join Charlton Athletic on loan this month.
Aston Villa were held to a 1-1 draw by Ipswich Town yesterday, despite the Tractor Boys being down to 10-men. It was a game to forget for new Aston Villa number one Orjan Nyland. The Norwegian international came to claim a long-throw midway through the first half. However, he barely got off the ground, spilled the ball, and Trevor Chalobah bagged Ipswich’s equaliser.
It was a big mistake from the £1 million signing from Ingolstadt. It also shed more light on what seems a baffling reshuffle of the goalkeeping department from Aston Villa.
After missing out on Sam Johnstone in the summer, a new recruit was expected. However, Aston Villa also had the bonus of a fit-again Jed Steer in their ranks.
The 26-year-old is a very talented keeper, whose career has been blighted by injuries. But he has been a Championship regular, playing 38 games on loan at Huddersfield Town in 2015-16.
Aston Villa started the season with the former England youth international between the sticks. However, the arrival of Nyland and Andre Moreira has seen him pushed down the pecking order yet again.
With that in mind, Steer joined Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan. The Addicks, can probably not believe their luck.
Steer is an excellent keeper who had done little to deserve more Aston Villa demotion. Nyland and Moreira are certainly not better options and it looks like Aston Villa have simply unsettled the goalkeeper position, once again, for little reason. No doubt, this is a baffling decision from Steve Bruce.
EFL Cup omission spells ominous signs for Aston Villa’s Henri Lansbury
The 27-year-old has not played since the last day of the 2017/18 campaign.
Championship promotion hopefuls Aston Villa made the long trip to Yeovil Town on Tuesday evening as they kicked off their Carabao Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over their League Two opponents.
The game gave boss Steve Bruce an early chance to assess his squad and shuffle his pack somewhat, given that his charges have started the 2018/19 league season with back-to-back victories.
One man who had probably been hoping to don the claret and blue jersey and play a rare game of football was Henri Lansbury, with the former Nottingham Forest midfielder something of a peripheral figure at Villa Park these days.
It was perhaps a slight kick in the teeth for the forgotten man of Aston Villa that he wasn’t even named in Bruce’s squad, with the boss preferring first-team regular Conor Hourihane and youngster Jake Doyle-Hayes in the middle of the park.
The fact that Lansbury didn’t even make the bench against weaker opposition could be a telling sign when it comes to assessing what sort of future the 27-year-old has in the West Midlands.
Last season saw the midfield man play in just 10 Championship fixtures for the Villains and he is yet to take his bow for the first-team in the current campaign, leaving serious question marks over his future at the club.
Given his age it seems vital that Lansbury is playing football and with the loan window slamming shut for Football League clubs at the end of the month, it remains to be seen whether any potential suitors will chance their arm.
On his day the man who joined Villa from Forest for £2.7 million is a solid player at Championship level, but with the player on around £40,000 per-week, any departure could depend on just how willing his current club are to continue paying a percentage of such an excessive salary.
After finally starting first Aston Villa game, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy must take chance
Aston Villa will hope Hepburn-Murphy can thrive at Villa Park.
Aston Villa faced Yeovil in the League Cup this week. A solitary goal from Conor Hourihane gave the Championship side the win and advancement to the second round. It was also a game which saw Steve Bruce give a chance to several young talents.
One such player was forward Rushian Hepburn-Murphy. The 19-year-old may have made his debut under Tim Sherwood way back in 2015, but this was actually his first start for his hometown club.
Hepburn-Murphy has been in and around the first-team for some time. His goalscoring record with the development team is a testament to his talents and Aston Villa fans are backing him for success.
He currently has a chance in the first-team and, he needs to take it now.
With Scott Hogan injured and Aston Villa not making big transfer moves so far this summer, suddenly Hepburn-Murphy has a chance to cement his place in the first-team picture.
The teenager, who has had to battle injury trouble in recent seasons, has the perfect opportunity in his hands. He worked tirelessly against Yeovil and that will put him in good stead. But a goal or two would get that monkey off his back and have Aston Villa fans calling for him to remain in Bruce’s plans.
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