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A massive gamble, but should Aston Villa boss reunite with Moses Odubajo?

The right-back has been out with a knee injury for nearly two whole seasons.

Mathew Nash

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This month might finally see the return to action of Moses Odubajo for Hull City. The right-back has been on the sidelines for nearly two whole seasons. After helping the Tigers to Premier League promotion he suffered a fractured kneecap and ligament damage in a pre-season friendly against Grimsby Town. He played no part in the top-flight campaign and, has so far not featured for Hull this season.

However, the attack-minded full-back returned to first-team training at the start of March and featured for the under-23s in a comeback match a couple of weeks ago.

Whilst a first-team return is in sight, Nigel Adkins did confirm last week that Odubajo had received a minor setback in his recovery.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – APRIL 03: Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa gives his team instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 3, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

This summer he is out of contract at the KCOM Stadium. Considering he has not played a competitive game for Hull since the play-off final in May 2016 a new contract is looking increasingly unlikely.

So who would take a gamble on this free agent in the summer? One team that appears likely is Aston Villa.

Steve Bruce is a massive fan of the defender. He signed him from Brentford when at Hull and played him in nearly every game of the Championship promotion campaign.

Of course, his signing would be a massive gamble. His fitness would need to be proved before agreeing any deal, whilst Villa would probably include clauses in any deal to prevent missing out should he become injured again.

Hull City’s defender Moses Odubajo (R) plays the ball in front of Sheffield Wednesday’s English midfielder Kieran Lee (L) during the English Championship play-off final football match between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley Stadium in London on May 28, 2016. / AFP / GLYN KIRK / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

But when fit Odubajo is a top Championship right-back, as he proved with both Brentford and Hull.

Villa need to improve in the full-back positions and, should they fail to win promotion, a bargain free agent that Bruce knows well would be a brilliant option.

It would be a gamble, undoubtedly. But if anyone is to take a chance on free agent Odubajo this summer it will have to be Aston Villa. It could be a perfect roll of the dice.

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

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Keeping Henri Lansbury could be blessing in disguise for Aston Villa

Aston Villa cannot find a buyer for the midfield maestro.

Mathew Nash

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Aston Villa’s financial troubles this summer seem to have them ready to sell some of their high-earners and more valuable assets.

The Mirror report today that midfielders Mile Jedinak and Birkir Bjarnason could be out the door this summer, with Jack Grealish currently in talks with Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the same report suggests Henri Lansbury will be sticking around.

However, it does not seem that Aston Villa want to keep him.

The report claims they will only be keeping the £2.7 million midfielder because nobody is willing to pay up to sign the player or take on his £40k-a-week wages.

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It is certainly no surprise to hear that Aston Villa want to offload Lansbury. He struggled to play a part in Steve Bruce’s plans after joining from Nottingham Forest.

Last season he played just 10 times for the club and has struggled since arriving at Villa Park.

But fans of Aston Villa must remember just how impressive a player Lansbury has been in the Championship.

In the 2015-16 season, there was a case to say that the then-Forest midfielder was the best in the division. In fact, many neutrals would have suggested that Lansbury was the Championship’s best midfielder just two years ago.

It could be that keeping Lansbury will be a blessing in disguise for Aston Villa. If he can find his Forest form, then he will be like a new signing for the club.

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As Tottenham close in on Jack Grealish, Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded

The Villa youngster could be set for a late move to Spurs.

Max Cohen

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According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on signing Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish ahead of their summer tour of the United States.

The signing has been left late in the window, much to the annoyance of Spurs fans, but Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded as Tottenham seem set to buy Grealish for far less than Villa originally asked for.

The Mirror claimed that the Championship club initially were holding out for £40 million, but now they are willing to sell for around half of that amount.

If Spurs were to pinch the creative mastermind from Villa Park for around £20 million that would represent superb business, considering the inflated transfer market for young British talents.

Although the Levy’s style is immensely frustrating at times, there can be no arguing that a bargain of this magnitude is well worth waiting for.

If Tottenham had done their business too early on in the window, they could have been left paying far too much for the former English U-21 international.

But as the summer months progressed, news of Aston Villa’s financial woes increased. Given the new information, Spurs were put in a much stronger position as they knew Villa would be desperate to sell in order to offload Grealish’s high wages and rein in a transfer fee.

The north Londoners look primed to welcome one of the Championship’s finest midfield technicians to White Hart Lane, and at only 22 years of age, Grealish has time on his side to develop into a world class player.

Daniel Levy’s tough negotiating style is not ideal for most circumstances and rightfully draws the ire of the Tottenham faithful. Yet his bargaining nous has come in handy during the Jack Grealish saga, granting Spurs a much-improved deal.

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Forgotten man Ritchie De Laet could play important role for Aston Villa

Aston Villa may have to give a second chance to the 29-year-old.

Mathew Nash

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When Aston Villa snapped up Premier League winner Ritchie De Laet from Leicester City in the summer of 2016 it looked a great deal. He arrived after a season in which he won both the Premier League with Leicester City and promotion with Middlesbrough whilst on loan.

Considering he had also won promotion with Leicester in 2014, he looked a perfect addition for Aston Villa at just £2.5 million.

However, De Laet struggled. He played just three times in his first season at the club before picking up a knee injury against Brentford. He was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

Last season he featured sporadically through the first-half of the season but in January was sent out on loan to his boyhood club Royal Antwerp until the end of the season.

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That deal proved to be unsuccessful as well. The Belgian side decided not to bring in De Laet permanently after a struggle of a loan campaign which eventually saw him dropped.

But Aston Villa should embrace the fact the 29-year-old is back. Considering they need to sell highly-marketable players this summer, keeping De Laet on board would be wise.

He can play at left-back, right-back and on the wing. Add to that his excellent experience of winning promotion and Aston Villa need to keep him on board.                                                                                                                    

De Laet could be like a new signing for Aston Villa.

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