Transfers: McArthur £2m, Aly Cissokho departs, Samba Signs & Veretout £6.2m bidding war.

JAMES McARTHUR

Villa have been linked along with a host of Premier League and Championship outfits with former Wigan midfielder James McArthur.

McArthur, who came to real prominence within Roberto Martinez’s 2013 FA Cup winning side, is currently surplus to requirements at Crystal Palace after a move in 2014.

Burnley, Brighton, Hull & Villa are all interested parties.

Key Facts:

  • Reported fee £2 million.
  • Age: 29
  • Joined Palace for £7m in 2014
  • FA Cup Winner 2013
  • 29 caps for Scotland.
  • Position: Right centre-midfield.

ALY CISSOKHO

After an underwhelming Villa career, our 29 year old fullback Aly Cissokho is set to join Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor.

The inconsistent Frenchman has struggled throughout his career in England after a meteoric rise via Porto, Lyon & Valencia.  After time was called on him at Liverpool, the physical presence and potential lured Villa into making a move.

The reality was that Cissokho was indifferent as a fullback, but woeful going forward.  Whilst those around him rarely helped his cause, Cissokho rarely helped himself either.

His transfer will be concluded shortly, with a two year deal already agreed.

CHRIS SAMBA

Read all about the pros, cons and possibilities after Samba’s trial at Villa Park was rewarded with a one year deal:

> READ MORE HERE <<

Chris Samba Aston Villa Deal

JORDAN VERETOUT

Despite having failed to establish himself at Villa Park and after a fairly average loan in France, recurring interest in one of the remaining “moneyball” flop signings never ceases to amaze.

Whilst we saw glimmers of “potential”, very little concrete evidence exists to suggest that Veretout has genuine top class quality lurking within him.  Indeed, it’s all too easy for us Villa fans with a reasonable memory to recall Mathieu Berson when considering the Frenchman.

All the indications were that Veretout would make his move to St. Etienne permanent with a medical arranged and a straightforward exit assumed.  However, with St. Etienne’s 4 year contract and £4m fee accepted, he failed to arrive at the medical.

It’s since transpired that Fiorentina have entered the fray with a £6.2 million offer, presumably requiring a return to the negotiating table.  Any deal would see Veretout link up with former Villan Carlos Sanchez and bring an end to another disappointing Aston Villa career with it.

 

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