After the news yesterday of Villa’s interest in £16m rated Eberechi Eze and the potential blow as Celtic’s French striker Edouard is holding out for another move, Villa’s attentions may now turn elsewhere.
There continues to be a host of transfer news and rumour swirling around Villa, who are known to have a significant war-chest with which to strengthen the squad after avoiding relegation on the final day of last season.
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The Premier League and Champions League winning striker has been heavily linked with a switch to B6 since earlier in the summer 2020 transfer window.
However, with the 2020 / 2021 campaign now just a short matter of weeks away, clubs will be jockeying for reinforcements. Villa are no exception, with a proven top-flight striker high on the shopping list after a first season back in the Premier League devoid of an out-and-out goalscorer.
With Celtic’s Edouard now understood to be less than enthused by a £30m transfer to Villa Park, attention may now reasonably shift back to the Liverpool striker.
Villa would face competition from newly promoted Leeds United who are also looking to bolster their attack. Origi’s current valuation is believed to be in the region of £20 million.
Perhaps tellingly, the 25 year old Belgian was left out of Liverpool’s pre-season friendly with Stuttgart on Saturday (August 22nd 2020).
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A host of Premier League clubs continue to be linked with the Sampdoria defender Omar Colley. Villa are just the latest, with transfer rumour appearing in the Italian press.
Southampton have been reported to have already lodged as £16 million bid, with Burnley, Newcastle and West Ham also having registered their interest too. It’s also claimed that the 27 year old is on the radar of local rivals West Brom, with a slightly lower fee of £13.5 million floated.
The left footed defender, whose valuation rises yet higher [in the Birmingham based press] to £18 million, is a full Gambian international and made 31 appearances in Serie A last term.
There are some question marks about the player, who was part of an unremarkable Sampdoria team that shipped 65 goals last season. That tally does draw some similarities to Villa’s own defensive struggles, with a goals against record only better than that of rock bottom Norwich City.
Colley, who has two years left on his current deal, is regarded as a “just slightly above average centre back”. Whilst Villa’s rearguard certainly needs attention, it’s difficult to see whether the defender represents a guaranteed improvement over and above the likes of Hause or Konsa.
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