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Aston Villa making move for Lewis Grabban is shrewd planning

The 30-year-old striker has demonstrated great form for Aston Villa this year.

Mathew Nash

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In January Aston Villa made a shrewd move by bringing in Lewis Grabban on loan from Bournemouth.

The talented striker had spent the first half of the season on loan at Sunderland. Despite his good form for the club, scoring 12 goals in 19 Championship appearances for the Black Cats.

With Sunderland looking doomed to their eventual relegation, Grabban was open to joining a different Championship team in the winter window. He did just that by heading to Aston Villa.

It has been an unbridled success so far for the 30-year-old striker. He has been in fine form for Villa since arriving at Villa Park, scoring seven goals in 13 appearances for Steve Bruce’s men.

Now, it is being reported by Birmingham Live, that Aston Villa are looking in to making his loan move a permanent one.

The report claims three loanees, Sam Johnstone, Robert Snodgrass and Grabban, will be targeted on permanent deals this summer.

Making a permanent move for Grabban would certainly be a wise move for Aston Villa, regardless of which division they end up playing in next season.

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In the Championship there are not many strikers who can claim to be as big a threat as the Bournemouth loanee.

He has proven that this season, with a combined tally of 19 goals for both Sunderland and Aston Villa this season.

Of course, Bruce’s side is also chasing promotion. The Midlands side are assured of a place in the end of season play-offs and will be hoping to return to the Premier League.

Grabban is still to prove himself in the Premier League and if Aston Villa were to be promoted he could find himself with the perfect opportunity to do just that.

When Bournemouth signed Grabban from Norwich City it cost the Cherries a fee reported to be in the region of £8 million by the Daily Mail.

Given his form this season, the Premier League side will be looking to recoup as much of that fee as possible.

However, with just over a year left on his deal on the South Coast, Aston Villa will surely be able to get him for a bargain fee.

Doing so would be a good piece of business for Aston Villa. Finding someone to score you goals is never easy and, in Grabban, Aston Villa have just that.

They should not let him go.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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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.

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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.

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After finally starting first Aston Villa game, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy must take chance

Aston Villa will hope Hepburn-Murphy can thrive at Villa Park.

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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.

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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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Aston Villa’s hopes of getting Isaac Success now look doomed

The Nigerian forward has been included in the Watford squad for the season and even featured on the opening day of the season.

Mathew Nash

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The Premier League transfer window may be closed, but teams in the Championship can still make crucial additions. Aston Villa are still playing catch-up from their early summer financial issues and, therefore, could be active in the final two weeks they have.

One player that has been linked with a move to Villa Park is Watford attacker Isaac Success. As reported by TEAMtalk, Aston Villa had made a move for the Nigerian striker. A forgotten man at Vicarage Road, he had once cost £12.5 million to bring to Hertfordshire. However, Success found little of his namesake at Vicarage Road and is now down the pecking order with the Hornets.

But it looks as though any hopes of Aston Villa signing Success are slim.

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Watford named their Premier League squad this week for the upcoming campaign. At number nine in the list, sits Success.

Watford failed in attempts to bring in another striker during the Premier League transfer window. With only Troy Deeney and Andre Gray ahead of him and Stefano Okaka and Adalberto Penaranda linked with moves abroad before the end of the month, Success is likely to stay.

Aston Villa will have to look elsewhere if they are going to find themselves a new striker for the season.

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