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Are Aston Villa ready to move for Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback?

Jake Jackman

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Aston Villa are interested in signing Jack Colback from Newcastle United this summer. The Chronicle report that the midfielder is available for transfer, with Villa Park being one possible destination for him. This comes days after the Mail reported that the 27-year-old had a training ground row with Rafa Benitez and it does seem likely that he has played his last game for the club.

His big wages mean that it will be difficult for a lot of Championship sides to sign him, but he would be a great addition for that level. Aston Villa have had a slow start to the season and will want to increase positivity among supporters. A lot of their signings have been questionable, but Colback is a player in his prime and his experience means that he is worth targeting. Although Glenn Whelan was signed during the summer, he hasn’t impressed in a Villa shirt and a younger midfielder with more mobility could solve a lot of the club’s problems.

What would he provide to the Aston Villa squad?

The midfielder would provide more energy to Villa in the centre of the park and his experience in the Championship last season makes him an attractive option. Colback is a hard worker and full of running for his team, which suits the second tier well. Newcastle used him frequently away from home and he provided a shield in front of the back four, which allowed the more talented Jonjo Shelvey influence matches.

Steve Bruce has yet to get the best out of Conor Hourihane, which is why it is important to find a good foil for him. At this stage, Whelan doesn’t look to be the right player to do that. His legs have gone and he hasn’t played at this level for a long time. He can’t be relied on as a regular starter and that means that the club need to sign another player to compete. Colback is available and has a good pedigree. Despite his lack of attacking influence during the last couple of seasons, he remains an accomplished central midfielder.

How likely is a transfer?

Jack Colback has been mentioned as a player that Aston Villa are interested in on a few occasions this summer, but there hasn’t been a concrete report that suggests it is going to happen. In the article published by the Chronicle, it is a throw-away line when discussing possible departures at St James’ Park. Newcastle are keen to offload players and Colback is one that will be pushed to other clubs before the end of the window. Villa seems one of the more likely destinations, but they have yet to make an approach.

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If Villa are interested in him, there is a great chance of a deal being reached, but there hasn’t been a concrete report to suggest it is likely to happen.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Aston Villa fans react as Mile Jedinak shows the character needed next season

Aston Villa’s midfielder slotted home a pressure penalty v Denmark.

Mathew Nash

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Australia picked up a well-earned draw against Denmark in the World Cup earlier today, even if it did come with some controversy. Christian Eriksen smashed the Danes into the lead but, after a VAR review, Yussuf Poulsen was judged to have handled the ball from a corner. It gave Australia a penalty and Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak stepped up to the plate.

He scored against France in their opening fixture and, despite the best efforts of Leicester City stopper Kasper Schmeichel to get in his head, he coolly slotted home.

It was a pressure penalty, but Aston Villa’s midfielder showed no signs of missing. He played well throughout the game, acting as the calming influence in the heart of Australia’s midfield.

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The Australian has had to work hard to win over the fans at Villa Park since his arrival. Many felt they were getting a player in decline and he put in some laborious performances during the early stages of his Villa career.

However, next season he could prove vital. With Villa struggling financially some big players will be on their way out and characters will be needed to take Aston Villa up the Championship table.

Just as Iceland’s Birkir Bjarnason showed against Argentina in Russia, Aston Villa have a player in Jedinak who is clearly up for the fight.

Fans of Aston Villa were very happy to see the bearded midfielder score his second goal of the tournament. Many joked about his valuation, golden boot chances and whether he is in fact the GOAT, not Cristiano Ronaldo.

But in terms of his character, this performance highlighted exactly why Jedinak can be key for Aston Villa next season…

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Could £5m forgotten man Aaron Tshibola play a role in Aston Villa rebuild?

The midfielder has struggled since joining Aston Villa two years ago.

Mathew Nash

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It looks like being a tough summer at Aston Villa. After failing to win promotion to the Premier League the club are now believed to be in serious financial peril after over-spending from chairman Tony Xia. It is therefore likely that Aston Villa will need to move a number of players on this summer. Whilst it is bad news for the club, it is also a chance some of the fringe players at Aston Villa must take. One such player is Aaron Tshibola.

Signed in the summer of 2016 from Reading the DR Congo international cost a figure in the region of £5 million – according to the Reading Post.

It was an investment for the future which, so far, has not paid off.

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The 23-year-old was a favourite of Roberto Di Matteo’s but was soon dropped after Steve Bruce’s arrival. Subsequent loan spells at Nottingham Forest and MK Dons came with mixed success.

But he spent the second part of last season on loan in Scotland with Kilmarnock. Working under his former Reading boss and Aston Villa assistant Steve Clarke he had a strong start before fading out slightly before the end of his deal.

Aston Villa should, however, give him a chance next season if he sticks around. The club could find themselves short in midfield if several top players make a move and Tshibola is a player who once looked a future Championship star.

In a summer where Villa cannot make many signings, the DR Congo star could be like a £5 million newbie.

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Aston Villa could reportedly owe John Terry £560,000 in wages

The owner may have to sell shares in the club.

Jamie Watts

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Aston Villa’s financial mess looks likely to continue, as the cash-strapped club could now owe captain John Terry a whopping £560,000 in wages, unless he transfers to a different club this summer, according to reports from the Times.

Villa are said to have reached an agreement with HMRC to postpone a payment of £4 million last week, but a further payment is expected this week and the club owner Tony Xia may have to go as far as to sell shares in the club to ensure all debts are paid.

The ex-Chelsea legend announced his impending departure from the midlands club last month, after they failed to secure Premier League promotion in the play-offs and his current contract is due to expire at the end of the month. But he is said to be entitled to a further month’s pay.

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His weekly-wage packet was said to be worth £70,000 at Villa Park, meaning the overdue payments from the last two-months add up to over half-a-million for the 37-year-old defender. However, the outstanding July payment will only stand if Terry retires or remains a free-agent, meaning Villa will be keen to land him a new club.

Villa reportedly need £40 million in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations (Birmingham Mail), after gambling that they would gain promotion to the Premier League this season.

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