According to The Mirror, Aston Villa will consider a move for Stoke City midfielder Ryan Woods this summer. Dean Smith worked with Woods at Brentford and could seek a reunion.
It is clear that Aston Villa want a new central midfielder this summer. Mile Jedinak and Glenn Whelan have both departed so there is a vacancy in holding midfield.
Kalvin Phillips is Smith’s top target. Aston Villa want to poach Phillips from Leeds United but the Championship club want £30m for the youngster.
Aston Villa would also need to beat Bournemouth and Wolves to his signature. With so many variables in this deal, they have understandably looked at alternative targets.
Woods is one of the options. The 25-year-old has vast experience in the Championship and is also a target for Leeds. Stoke could sell Woods this summer, despite only signing him permanently in the January transfer window.
Aston Villa fans took to Twitter to discuss whether Woods would be a good signing. And quite a number of supporters would much rather sign Phillips. Here are some of the best tweets discussing the Woods rumours.
Please just get Kalvin
— Gabe B6 (@avfcgabe) July 11, 2019
No no no no
— wesleyszn (@MasterMoraess) July 11, 2019
— Sean Langley (@seanlangley94) July 11, 2019
Thats quite a step down… woods is good but Phillips is absolutely mustard.
— Scott (@CaptainScott87) July 11, 2019
No thank you
— • (@KyleBillingham_) July 11, 2019
Might as well play Lansbury 🤔
— Michael J Edwards (@MichaelJEdwar14) July 11, 2019