Villa Transfers News & Rumours: Marc Roberts, Aden Flint & George Boyd.

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The latest Aston Villa transfer news & rumour:

MARC ROBERTS

Key Facts:

  • Barnsley’s Player of The Season
  • Position: Central Defence
  • Age: 26
  • 40 appearances in 2016/17
  • Anticipated Fee: £5 million.

Villa improved at the back last term, but certainly lacked strength in depth.  Indeed, Mile Jedinak was increasingly the preferred option as Micah Richard’s struggled for fitness and Tommy Elphick for form.  Expect Bruce to make moves this window, with the like’s of Roberts obvious targets.

ADEN FLINT

Key Facts:

  • 27 Years Old
  • Position: Defender.
  • Club: Bristol City
  • Barrier? Under contract until 2020.
  • Goals! 25 scored over 3 seasons.
  • Interest? WBA, West Ham Derby & Sunderland.
  • Anticipated Fee: £5 million.

Given that nothing can really be left to chance for the upcoming season, it’s unsurprising to see this link resurface from April 2017.

Flint was a stand-out performer at Bristol City as they fought for survival – and also carries a goal threat.

The big question would be whether battling performances would translate into a Villa side that can only afford to have it’s eye on promotion next term.

Bruce would face stiff competition for the defender, with any number of Premier League and Championship sides reportedly in the chase for his signature.

GEORGE BOYD

Key Facts

  • 31 Years Old
  • Position: Midfield, winger.
  • Club: Burnley
  • Rejected new deal at Turf Moor.
  • Available on a free transfer.

Villa are reported to be monitoring George Boyd’s availability with the Scot becoming available on a free transfer.

The midfielder, with Burnley since a £3 million switch from Hull in 2014 is likely considered a range of offers.  Latest links suggest that Derby have firmed up their interest and have a deal on the table already.

Whilst Boyd is out of contract, the door also remains open to him staying in Lancashire, with Sean Dyche quoted:

“There’s hope with all these situations.

We speak to them, they’re all in the knowledge of where we are and what it is, but it always takes everyone to agree.

He’s another player who has done very well here, if we didn’t want to keep him we wouldn’t be talking to him.”