Uh oh…that’s the unmistakable sound of the frantic, bonkers and nonsensical January transfer window approaching…
Latest Villa transfer news:
Rudy Gestede has reportedly snubbed Tony Pulis at the Albion and Fat Sam at Palace, opting to complete a £6.5m move to Middlesbrough.
The strong striker, who struggled in the Premier League, showed good early season form in The Championship. However, any successful deal could see Jordan Rhodes make a move in the opposite direction.
Rhodes has similar prowess at Championship level, but has struggled to break through since making the switch to Premier League newboys Middlesbrough.
Amavi & Ayew to China
The steady Jordan Amavi has attracted attention from the bottomless wealth of the Chinese Super League, with John Percy citing that a £25m bid has been rejected.
If proven, this would be a shock bid for the improving full-back…but it remains to be seen who the “mystery” Chinese club is. This also seems an awfully convenient time for such a large bid, given reported earlier interest from Liverpool.
The next man linked to China is Jordan Ayew, with a story running that Villa’s resolve will be tested with a £10m lure from former Chelsea boss Villas-Boas.
The Ghanaian, who is marmite amongst most Villa fans, is set to miss most of January owing to the upcoming African Cup of Nations.
Forgotten Frenchman Jordan Veretout [Mathieu Berson?] is apparently subject to a bid from Juventus.
Veretout is currently on a season long loan at St. Etienne & with Dr Tony indicating via his Twitter account that any move has legs (Juve or not), expect to see a switch in either January or Summer 2017.
Whilst Veretout looked like a tidy footballer [Westwood?], he showed little consistency or end product to suggest that a lasting Villa career would emerge. It will surprise few when he inevitably moves on permanently.