Norwegian outlet VG have claimed that Aston Villa had an offer rejected to sign right-back Omar Elabdellaoui on a free transfer this summer, after his agent confirmed Elabdellaoui had rejected offers to sign for Galatasaray.
Elabdellaoui, 28, captained Olympiakos last season as they earned another Greek Super League title but failed to make it out of the Champions League group stages. He left the club on a free transfer, after deciding to move.
This month, the 44-time Norway cap has joined Galatasaray on a three-year deal. His agent, Mikail Adampur said: “I can confirm interest from several clubs. The specific countries Omar refused were England, Germany and Italy.”
The report goes on to state which clubs Elabdellaoui rejected, with Aston Villa named. German Bundesliga clubs Schalke and Augsburg have also seen offers turned down – as have Italian side Fiorentina.
TBR’s view – Elabdellaoui would have been a stunning signing
Especially on a free transfer. A right-back with Champions League experience, a regular for his country, and experience in England – albeit brief with Manchester City and Hull City – Elabdellaoui would have been ideal.
Villa have struggled at right-back with Frederic Guilbert somewhat indifferent and Ahmed Elmohamady now well into his thirties. On a free, Elabdellaoui would have been a brilliant addition.
Instead, Villa will have to re-enter the transfer market in order to find a new right-back and may have to end up spending money to get one.