Whilst the January transfer window is far behind us (thankfully), it doesn’t stop the rumour mill.
This link should certainly be taken with a pinch of salt, given that no named ‘source’ has been provided, nor has the story being picked up by any of the remaining reputable national/local publications.
In any event, Villa are one of a number of teams reportedly monitoring the availability of QPR defender Tony Leistner.
The 28 year old German has been rewarded with the Captain’s arm-band at Loftus Road following his transfer from second division Union Berlin.
Villa would face competition for his signature with his performances likely have aroused interest.
Dean Smith faces a uncertain few months in respect of personnel, with a number of the side either approaching the end of their current deals or due to return to their parents clubs.
Another remarkable report is that new Leicester boss Brendan Rodger’s is eying John McGinn.
Whilst Rodger’s infamously missed out on signing McGinn from Hibernian when still Celtic boss, it seems audacious that he should immediately re-visit signing our terrier like midfielder.
However, money talks and the story makes the claim that Leicester and Rodger’s will test Villa’s resolve with a valuation in the region of £20 million pounds.
McGinn, who has been one of few to have shown genuine consistent quality this term is a figure Dean Smith will certainly wish to retain.
McGinn has many of the attributes Villa would want to nurture, but these naturally attract the interest of suitors. Whilst his constant running, work-rate and energy may appeal, there’s arguably development in terms of overall composure and discipline to be made.