The 26 year old would certainly offer some vibrancy to a Villa midfield lacking in quality, goals and purpose. Additionally, after a summer of recruiting “leaders” with experience, Lansbury would offer the nous of having been promoted twice from the Championship as well. [Norwich & West Ham].
The former England youth international’s fee looks set to be tempered by having just 6 months left to run on his current deal. However, Forest are believed to be holding out for around £4 million, having already rebuffed a £2.5 million bid from Derby.
If yet further evidence were needed of Bruce’s desire for wholesale change in the midfield, Villa are reported to have made enquiries for Liverpool’s Stewart.
Stewart was originally with Spurs’ Academy before transferring to Liverpool in 2013.
Since then the highlights have been limited to a handful of first team appearances, multiple loans and a period out injured. The new Gary Gardner? [I jest]
The 23 year old only signed a new contract with Liverpool last February, extending his stay for at least 3 more seasons.
This improvement in contractual terms hasn’t translated into increased game time however and a host of clubs are reported to be sounding out the midfielder. Given that Stewart really needs to be playing football, and can barely be considered a “youngster”, a loan might suit all parties.
The 24 year old Arsenal fullback is an interesting link given our difficulties at right back.
A deal for Jenkinson in the short term might represent at least an alternative to the marmite Alan Hutton. Equally, he would provide cover as Richie De Laet is a long term absentee.
Jenkinson is also linked with West Ham, but reports suggest that his poor performances previously there will inhibit a return. Equally, whilst the defender might represent an upgrade at Villa Park, his chances of establishing himself at Arsenal appear slim.
Having injured an anterior ligament last year, even a temporary move to B6 could provide a beneficial rehabilitation of both fitness and career.
Gestede is on the brink of joining Premier League Middlesbrough in a £6 million pound deal. Full details here.