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04 Aug 2020 20:14:02
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04 Aug 2020 12:39:04
I wonder what are the odds of Jack moving to the scousers? - if it did happen, might suit us both, I'd take origi, and try and loan some of their younger players, brewster springs to mind, and as for us needing a quality winger why not loan in shaqiri, can score and play midfield as well, you never know!

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04 Aug 2020 13:34:21
Don’t think he will go to the scousers would spend more time warming the bench than in the team.

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04 Aug 2020 13:49:55
someone on here said sell jack and championship here we come imo true.

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04 Aug 2020 14:22:13
If the owners are true to there word ie won’t sell for less than £80million that plus the money they have said they will invest I think if invested properly we will do more than just survive.

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04 Aug 2020 15:02:35
Villajk, I know who it is that said championship here we come, and to be honest what a load of tosh that is.
If what you are saying were true, we might just as well wave the white flag and give up mate.
Jack Grealish is a decent player yes, but he is not Aston Villa, we have been a good side before him, and we can be a good side without him.
You and a few more have an obvious obsession for him, why I haven`t the foggiest idea.

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04 Aug 2020 15:34:54
Agree dave he's good but he's know, platt, little, Atkinson, Yorke, and Ashley Young all of them world class jack needs to do way more for me, his 2nd half of the season wasn't great thou but if he stays and we get more quality like benerama, and quality mid and 2 strikers he would be much better.

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04 Aug 2020 18:29:07
Villadave only one better Little, have seen then all, all those played in good villa teams, had good managers, jack has to carry the team, imo.

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04 Aug 2020 18:52:33
Dave you seem to get very touchy when anyone has an opposing opinion on Grealish than you. You’ve told every man and there dog for the last 4 years At every oppertunity how average you think he is and how you want us to get rid of him. That’s fine, your opinion and your entitled to it.

Doesn’t mean if people think he’s a decent player and our best at that, you can attempt to belittle them, claim they are obsessed with him and exaggerate how much they rate him.

I said without him hello championship, why? Because he’s our best player, 10 goals and 6 assists this season, without that we are relegated. So how can the opinion that if you take that away next year we will be relegated, a load of tosh? Because it’s not your opinion? What happened the last time we sold our best player, Benteke? It’s an opinion, an educated one on what he gives us as a team, how much it would cost to replace that and what has happened in similar situations in the past.

No one is obsessed with him, Villa was here a long time before him and will be here a long time after him. But not wanting to sell your best player and worrying that without them you may struggle, shouldn’t leave people not wanting to share there opinions because your going to jump down their throat.

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04 Aug 2020 19:57:14
Your at it again chris trying to make out you are the good guy.
I do not Jump down peoples throats, are you for real chris.
Do you want my opinion on this site or not, do you want me to agree with everything that is said about a player I don`t` rate as highly as you.
It looks like you are trying manipulating things again mate, you have done it before on here, making out I am being vindictive.
I am not touchy, its my opinion, what's that got to do with being touchy.
And its not at every opportunity, its when I have something to say about what somebody else has said.
yes he is our best player, I have never said the contrary, I just don't think he is as good as some people do.
For the record I am not trying to belittle anyone.

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02 Aug 2020 10:00:44
James McCarthy Of Crystal Palace being linked for £5m.

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02 Aug 2020 19:24:51
I am not over the moon with that sort of signing, several injuries, and the wrong end of his twenties.
Struggles to find the net as well, so not for me thank you.

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01 Aug 2020 23:45:54
Another youngster Villa are reported to be chasing, this time its Aaron Hickley from Hearts. Villa really seem to be trying to fast track the development of the U23's inline with Purslow's comments last year.
Fingers crossed we get a few established pro's through the door in time for pre season too!

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02 Aug 2020 01:10:01
*Hickey - apolgies for the typo.

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01 Aug 2020 13:51:07
Seeing as defensively we were a bit short last season in the leadership department I think, why not go for an experienced defender on a short 2 year contract to show the youngsters the cunning and guile needed in the premiership and see what happens, if no-one has bought him yet;

i'd offer a pay-as-you-play contract to Craig Dawson, knocking on a bit but still can defend well, and not bad return average from corners and set pieces, and for me, I'd take pukki from Norwich, reminds me of Sheringham, no blistering pace but with the right supply line, he could be hitting the back of the onion bag regularly, and just one more, Adam Reach from Sheffield Wednesday, great vision and in a good team, would be a great acquisition.

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01 Aug 2020 15:21:05
stones and foster would be good, no thanks on pukki,

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01 Aug 2020 21:29:45
I see where you're going with that logic and in principle don't disagree, but i think we need to be aiming at a higher class of player than those you mention if we're to avoid another relegation battle.

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02 Aug 2020 17:26:56
Rumours are that our base budget is £100mill so has to be Dunk for me. Experienced but still has a few years in him. Links to established top clubs have dried up over the last couple of years so attainable.

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31 Jul 2020 15:05:23
It looks like Villa are trying to renew Reina`s loan for another 12 months.
I really hope that is not true, I don`t know about you guys but I reckon he is a bloody clown.

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31 Jul 2020 16:15:52
Not for me I would rather we pick up Ben Foster I think he’s available on a free.
I think there is definitely value to be had in the market if you look for it, so Callum Wilson supposedly available for £10 million John Stones for £20 million both not too long ago part of the England set up they would if nothing else add depth to the squad without costing the earth and both the right side of 30.

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31 Jul 2020 16:32:07
Before lockdown I’d agree Dave, bloke infuriated me. Since lockdown though it seemed like something clicked, his performances and attitude were top notch, the way he was barking at the defence aswell, I liked that. Seems like a big character in the dressing room as well. Wouldn’t want him first choice, but back up keeper I wouldn’t grumble.

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31 Jul 2020 16:54:40
I’m inclined to agree John, Foster is a top keeper still, even at the age of 37. He is however still under contract until 2022, but wouldn’t, I don’t think, cost the Earth.

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31 Jul 2020 17:00:20
I see that we are being linked with Robin Olsen, Sweden’s
number 1 goalkeeper currently with Roma but out on loan I think.

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31 Jul 2020 17:03:01
I used to have a dog chris, he barked like no other, and he was very loud, but did nothing else mate.
I worry about characters on the pitch chris, there are others in the dressing room.
Can`t help it mate, I don`t like him as a keeper, he looks so bloody clumsy.

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31 Jul 2020 17:26:37
yeah I have seen that Mark, do you know anything about him mate, can`t see the link with Reina having any substance if that`s the case.

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31 Jul 2020 18:07:20
10x better than nylan imo I like him keep him as number 2, to Heaton.

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31 Jul 2020 18:07:28
Dave, I would think this could have a lot to do with our new SD, as Olsen was at Copenhagen for a few seasons.
Conceded a lot of goals in his first season at Roma and was subsequently loaned out to Cagliari. He was apparently outstanding for Sweden in the last World Cup, but I can’t honestly remember his performances.
He’s 30 and has a market value of around 6 million.
Personally, I would rather we went for Foster as backup to Heaton.

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31 Jul 2020 18:33:10
Same here Mark.

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31 Jul 2020 18:37:15
Without wishing to appear xenophobic, one of the areas we got wrong from a recruitment perspective last season was to predominantly buy from abroad. Whilst they may be cheaper in terms of fee and wages our recruits certainly struggled to come to terms with the pace and poet of the league I hope we are not going to go down that route again. If we are to improve as a squad then I think most of our recruits should come from premier league sides.

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31 Jul 2020 19:10:45
Power🤣🤣🤣.

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31 Jul 2020 19:32:17
Not a lot of running in goal John 😂😂😂🤣.

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31 Jul 2020 19:33:05
Heaton and Steer should both be fit so I don't see a need for another keeper. Pepe nearly cost us against Arsenal, lucky didn't connect enough with his knee.
He started being more vocal which was a good thing but if we can get that out of Heaton and Steer we are better off.

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31 Jul 2020 19:55:37
With the rate of goalkeeper injuries we’ve had rk, I would suggest 3 quality options should be the minimum.

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31 Jul 2020 19:56:37
Dave fair play mate I guess I asked for that 🤣🤣 however it’s the principle I am trying to establish.

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31 Jul 2020 20:06:46
The issue is that none of Heaton, Steer and Reina would consider being a number 3. It is almost unheard of to have 2 main keepers injured long term.
Nyland as a third for longevity is ok, he's not terrible and a composed defence in front of him will help his nerves.

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31 Jul 2020 20:06:55
I know John hahaha.

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31 Jul 2020 20:10:11
Pace could be important if our goalie needs to get up the pitch for a last minute corner in an attempt to grab an equalizer ( very likely as well playing for us ) 😂😂🤣.

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31 Jul 2020 20:28:59
Personally I don’t see Steer or Nyland as being good enough as a number 2 choice whereas I think Foster would be, and would in fact provide competition for Heaton.

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31 Jul 2020 20:30:03
Love it Mark 🤣🤣.

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31 Jul 2020 22:33:22
Interested as to why you don't rate Steer mark?
I'll admit to not rating him when we took him off Norwich but comparing him to most top clubs second keepers I can't see any I'd consider more reliable. Just needs to learn that he can shout at people to do their jobs.

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01 Aug 2020 06:53:23
I wouldn’t say I don’t rate him rk, I just think that if we could get a keeper of Foster’s quality for a small fee, that he would keep Heaton on his toes. I feel we need to ensure we constantly have quality between the sticks, especially when you look at the number of goals we conceded over the season.

Serious competition for places is important for all positions in the team.
Steer for me is ok for 3rd choice, Nyland I would loan out in the hope that he could conquer his nerves, become more vocal, and develop his game generally.

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01 Aug 2020 10:25:22
Almost no club has 3 experienced keepers and there's no way Jed would go back to being a third choice.
He'd at least go on loan and start looking for a more permanent home for next season.

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01 Aug 2020 11:55:15
Foster won't want to be no. 2 at this stage of his career. Haven't we still got Kalinic too or has he gone permanently?

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01 Aug 2020 11:56:13
I don’t know rk, I haven’t asked him, have you mate?
He could definitely learn a lot from quality keepers like Heaton or Foster.
It’s not like it would be a closed shop, if he could improve, he could compete for the first choice slot.

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01 Aug 2020 12:16:24
He went on loan last time we put him in the same position and openly said he thought he'd played his last game for us.
Third choice keepers get zero game time and he's now late 20's. If he has any ambition he won't stay just to hopefully go back to being a number 2 in a couple of years.

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01 Aug 2020 12:41:21
I agree with rk re 3rd choice keeper I can’t see Nyland or Steer being happy with that but we supposedly have a number of decent keepers we have just lost Sarkic to Wolves and we have a Finnish lad sorry I can’t remember his name who is supposedly the best in Europe for his age group. If we are wanting to promote youth then surely as a third choice promoting him to the first team squad it would send a message to the academy players that if you are good enough there is a path through to the first team squad.

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01 Aug 2020 12:54:29
We’ll see rk, but if we are to believe the rumours circulating it looks as if either Olsen or Foster will be coming in to compete with Heaton for the no.1 spot.
Maybe they feel the youngster Sinisalo has the ability to step in if required.

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31 Jul 2020 13:40:32
It's been reported John Swift of Reading has been offered to us for £6 m.
Is silly season now in full flow?

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31 Jul 2020 14:59:39
Previous acquisitions from Reading, Tshibola and Sidwell, didn’t prove to be great success’s, however at 5/ 6 million Swift would be good value, I think. I would however prefer a player like Ross Barkley to play alongside Luiz, should somebody of his quality and experience become available.

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31 Jul 2020 15:05:04
Thought we were in need of good experienced premiership players?

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31 Jul 2020 15:20:54
To a point I agree Aka.
But for a player of his experience and ability 6 million is pretty good, and I can see him as a direct replacement for Hourihane.
Younger, quicker, and a better all round player.

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31 Jul 2020 16:40:46
Dave, would you be confident he could make it in the top level?

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31 Jul 2020 16:43:15
Mark I like Barkley too but if we keep Grealish I am not sure how we would fit both into the midfield, but if Jack goes I would definitely be in favour of making an approach for him as given the players Chelsea have signed and are targeting I don’t see Barkley getting much game time next season.

{Ed002's Note - It is an ex-Chelsea player that is far more likely in Swift.}

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31 Jul 2020 17:04:36
To be honest, no Aka I couldn`t.

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31 Jul 2020 19:21:48
Who is he? Shouldn't we be buying prem players.

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31 Jul 2020 09:51:01
Right guys. My sources are telling me that we will look to bring in both karlan grant and dasilva from the championship.

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30 Jul 2020 19:31:32
Afternoon all, just a quick heads up that I just heard from a friend close to Exeter City that Villa are close to signing Ben Chrisene. very highly thought of apparently although can't say I've ever seen him in action myself.

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30 Jul 2020 12:29:35
Villa have appointed Johan Lange from FC Copenhagen as our new sporting director. Guys seems to have a good eye for talent but we will need to see who he buys for us.

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30 Jul 2020 13:31:54
You say he has a good eye for talent but how many of those he has 'spotted have gone on to have a top career? Seems his biggest asset is seeing potential, signing them really cheap and selling them on for a profit a few years later. This isn't what Villa need. We need players who have already reached their potential and are ready to move us up a gear.

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30 Jul 2020 15:26:07
RHLT, are we ever happy when there is an appointment made, the bloke ain`t took his coat off yet and you are complaining.
You have probably never heard of him before today.
Who would you have appointed, and why.

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30 Jul 2020 15:41:53
Sure RHLT I guess you could argue has he proven himself to be able to recruit talent that we need right now. However I trust in our owners.

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30 Jul 2020 16:05:52
Helped Copenhagen win leagues and remain competitive whilst consistently selling best players to line the owners pockets, knows what his doing clearly. Hopefully he can replicate the talent spotting at a higher level.

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30 Jul 2020 16:48:33
Sky sports news did an in depth look at FC Copenhagen. Their set up is identifying potential at a young age and nurturing it through to the 1st team. Success inevitably brings in big bids, they sell, but the next batch are already waiting to take their places. Constant conveyor belt of talent, income from sales and a sustainable model for a somewhat, no disrespect, club. What's not to get excited about if we can achieve similar? Plus us being a "bigger " club we need not need to sell any of our own batch of prodigies to constantly feed the premier league beast.
If you can find the article its well worth a read and may stir up a little excitement for Villa's future especially with the revamp of the academy. It won't happen overnight but moving forward it's a massive step in the right direction. Very similar to the Ajax model.

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30 Jul 2020 17:17:27
Villadave, I had heard of him before today as my uncle is a Wolves fan of many years and he said that Lange was just a yes man to Solbakken when he was the assistant manager at Molineux. In regards to winning the Danish League, its a 2 horse race so either FC Copenhagen or Brondby ever win it.

Who would I rather have you ask. Someone currently out of work with a proven track record is Damien Comolli. Worked at Monaco, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool and players he and his team scouted and brought to the PL include: Gael Clichy, Eboue, Kolo Toure, Luka Modric, Berbatov and Luis Suarez. He also recommended Jordan Henderson to Liverpool.

I understand that he also dealt with potential but he had a proven track record and is available.

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30 Jul 2020 17:51:49
Just being negative for negative sake, and backing your points up with nonsense RHLT.

“its a 2 horse race so either FC Copenhagen or Brondby ever win it. ” Midtjylland have won it two of the last three seasons, and Aalborg not long before that. Worth checking facts before you spout off.

Owners have acted quickly, would have obviously interviewed multiple candidates, give the guy a chance.

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30 Jul 2020 18:42:29
So let me get this right. I've come on this opinion page and given my opinion but because some don't agree, I'm deemed to be negative? You ask me a question and explanation which I answer in full but I'm being negative for negatives sake.
No point asking questions if you ain't prepared to listen to an answer.

ChrisAVFC, I stand corrected on Brondby winning the league and it being a 2 horse race. It should be 3 horse, Copenhagen, Midtjylland and Aalborg.

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30 Jul 2020 19:11:12
Not complaining about your opinion RHLT, just pointing out that whoever walks through the door someone will complain.
I happen to think it is very premature to complain about someone who has not even met the players yet.
Surely its better to trust our owners, and give opinions when the dice have been rolled.

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30 Jul 2020 19:13:58
You seem to be confused, so I will try and make “ backing your points up with nonsense RHLT” as clear as possible.

You said it was a two horse race implying Lange has had it easy, in the past decade 4 teams have won that title, your statement is not correct, and if you are using that to help your decision, you are misled.

Nothing to do with not wanting to have debate with different opinions, we have great back and forths on here, with multiple poster with all different view point. I myself didn’t ask you any question, just pointed out the incorrect information you provided when giving your opinion.

There’s something to be said for people who constantly claim to want something else. We have appointed him less than 12 hours ago, and you are already trying to discredit hit achievements and credentials. Give the man a chance.

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30 Jul 2020 19:25:35
I'm prepared to give him a chance but when you look at his credentials, it appears that his role is to buy players young, nurture them then sell them for profit. I thought we would have appointed someone like the guy at Man City who looks for players to evolve the team over a longer period. I hope I'm proved wrong and he unearths some gems who will stay with us for a long time.

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30 Jul 2020 19:58:20
We need to give this guy a chance, I think Suso’s card had been marked for some time and I would assume that the board will have researched the various candidates before settling on Lange his record at Wolves was as a coach not as a Director of Football totally different roles. Moose with regards to us bringing our own crop of youngsters through I am absolutely with you that has to be our aspiration but I doubt if we will ever manage to keep the out of the hands of the Premiership big guns, even when we a fairly competitive side we still lost the likes of Yorke and Young to Utd but we live in hope.

On a separate note do we know what’s happening re Terry? Based on the defensive capabilities our back four displayed for most of the season I am not sure what he brings to the coaching team i.

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30 Jul 2020 20:46:27
Nothing for me John.
I have just been talking about him, not many fighting his corner.
I think he only has one eye on the ball, and that his aspirations lie/ lay elsewhere mate.

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30 Jul 2020 21:27:38
Villajohn I agree that keeping our next generation out of the hands of the "Sky Super 6" will be a very big ask but we have to start somewhere and if we're producing players other teams covet then we're heading in the right direction. It may be a slow gradual climb to the top table in the land of milk and honey but as long as we show some ambition and steady progress in the seasons ahead it'll be a start. Speaking of which Carney Chukweza or however his last name is spelt lol signing his 1st contact with some of the big boys sniffing around is a plus point and clearly shows that Aston Villa still has some pull for players 👍.

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30 Jul 2020 11:10:22
This is a new part to a previous link which is slippng down the pages. So carrying on villaDave aVilladaz and co, I know they are some decent players around the lower leagues, but I go back to the days when we bought our players from Liverpool, stsunten, houghton, saunders, man Utd God not from notts county or wycombe if you get my drift. We need to be looking upwards not down. But I'm also of the opinion that with deano in charge we won't attract those players. Love him and thank him for getting us where we are but I'd like to see us go out and get Poch and let him bring in the players that he could attract. Just let's be more positive a a club.

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30 Jul 2020 11:45:55
I really like Poch I think he is a fantastic manager but are we really saying Deano in the time you have been with us less than 2 years let’s not forget, thanks for getting us promoted in your first season when let’s be honest most of us thought that was unlikely to happen, thanks for getting us to a cup final where we lost to one of the best sides in Europe but we were competitive, and thanks for keeping us in the premier league when it looks like he had his hands tied when it came to transfers and your thanks is your P45? the guy should be given the freedom of the city not sacked. If we did that to him then no manager with any class should touch us with a 10 foot pole and rightly so . Thankfully the noises coming out of Villa Park suggests we are not going to do anything so crass.

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30 Jul 2020 12:16:16
John, there are lots of managers who have done much more for their club and been sacked, mourinho ancelotti, pearson at leicester, clough, etc etc but it hasn't stopped them being a successful club. It's about ambition and ambitious clubs make ambitious decisions.

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30 Jul 2020 14:33:33
The Mourinho’s and Ancellotis of this world were already at well established Premiership clubs who were expecting to be challenging for trophies every season with established infrastructures we are not at that level at the moment. I cannot think of a club who changes managers every season being successful we only have to look at Watford to see what happens if you are not careful. Ambition is one thing foolhardiness another.

As I said in my previous post I really rate Poch but seriously given his ambition to manage one of the Spanish giants and the time it has taken him to establish his reputation why on earth would you risk that to manage Villa. It takes an age to build a reputation and 5 minutes to lose it. When the time comes to replace the manager which isn’t now I think rather than shopping at Harrods we might need to lower our sights a little maybe Waitrose.

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30 Jul 2020 18:38:35
John remember poch made his name at Southampton and potentially we are much bigger than them. Potentially bigger than spurs if we choose to get someone of his calibre.

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30 Jul 2020 20:38:42
I remember it well SV but he took that job when he was making his name in management not an established name as he is now, so in effect he had very little to lose if he takes on the Villa and it goes wrong he has everything to lose.

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