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Aston Villa reportedly interested in German under-21 defender Waldemar Anton

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Aston Villa reportedly interested in German under-21 defender Waldemar Anton

Aston Villa are said to be keen on the Germany under-21 international.

Aston Villa are reportedly interested in the signature of German under-21 international Waldemar Anton, according to reports. 

The 22-year-old Hannover centre-back is coming off the back of a difficult campaign with his club side. The Uzbekistani-born youngster captained Hannover for much of the season but lost the captaincy in October. Hannover finished second from bottom in the Bundesliga and were relegated to the German second-tier. 

Despite his poor season, Anton is still highly rated. With relegation in mind, Anton has been linked with a number of clubs this summer. Aston Villa are now, seemingly, one of them. 

As reported by Bild, Aston Villa have ‘put feelers out’ on a potential deal for the player. Eintracht Frankfurt and Lille are also interested, with a potential €10 million (£9 million) transfer fee reported. 

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Anton is expected to return to pre-season training next week after reaching the final of this summer’s European Under-21 Championships with Germany.

Hannover sporting director Jan Schlaudraff has made it clear there are currently no offers for the player, as reported by Hannoversche Allgemeine

 

TBR’s View

It would certainly seem a surprise move from Aston Villa at this stage. Anton is very talented and his sub-par 2018-19 was perhaps due to the burden of being handed captaincy at such a young age. 

However, it seems Aston Villa already have centre-back targets covered. Not only have they signed Tyron Mings, but Ezri Konsa seems to be on his way. As reported by The Sun, the Brentford defender has undergone a medical at Aston Villa ahead of a potential £12 million move. 

 So a move for Anton, a similar player, would certainly appear unlikely.

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