Aston Villa: Fee agreed for Bournemouth midfielder; out-of-contract striker targeted; Swede linked

Aston Villa have reportedly had a bid thought to be in the region of £3 million accepted for Bournemouth club captain Tommy Elphick according to the BBC.

The 29-year-old is supposedly discussing personal terms with the club and looks to be joining in the coming days. Elphick has been at Bournemouth since 2012, and captained the side to two promotions, from both League One and the Championship.

New Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo is evidently looking to add Championship experience to his squad, especially that of players that are used to pushing for and experiencing promotion.

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Elphick made only 14 appearances for the Cherries last season due to an ankle injury, and will be looking forward to perhaps getting his career back on track at Aston Villa. He will provide some valuable experience and quality to the back line and it seems that he will take on the role left by Joleon Lescott or Ciaran Clark if either choose to leave.

The Birmingham based side seem set on bolstering the side with Championship experience according to The Express and Star, as they are also linked with former-Sunderland forward Steven Fletcher. The Scot, of course, joined Sunderland from Championship outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers – one of Villa’s West Midlands rivals.

The international striker has been released by Sunderland after not impressing in the last couple of seasons due to injury problems.

It feels as if it is worth taking a punt on a potentially injury-prone forward that has experience in the Championship, and has more recently had experience in the French League with Marseille, which could prove to be a positive if he links up with Aston Villa’s french core.

According to the Birmingham Mail, the Kalmar FF Sporting Director Thomas Andersson-Borstam has admitted that the club have received more than one bid for striker and supposed Villa target Marcus Antonsson. The forward scored 22 goals in 36 appearances over two seasons and looks to be headed to the Championship, with interest coming from Leeds United among others.

 

Andersson-Borstam has said that discussions are well underway and only time will tell on where the player will go. It would be a good move for Aston Villa, but there are always issues on whether the player would be able to replicate similar form in a much harder and stronger league.

Roberto Di Matteo has a lot of work ahead of him and will look to bolster the strike force of the lowest scoring side in the Premier League last season, and will perhaps be looking at other names as Jordan Ayew is linked with a move away from Villa Park.

The takeover at Villa Park has recently been completed and much more news is expected in coming days, after new owner Dr. Tony Xia passed the fit and proper test. In an interview recently, he announced that Roberto Di Matteo has made phone calls to the players he wishes to remain at the club, and there are a number of transfers that have already been lined up and look to be completed in the coming weeks.

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