The latest transfer links and rumours from Villa Park….
The youngster had a trial at Villa Park in the last window and remains on the rader of a number of teams.
It’s reported that recently relegated Middlesbrough are the latest party to monitor the promising defender.
The northern side are presumably trying to cut out the middle-man to avoid having to purchase anymore Villa players…
Mahmutovic was profiled previously, the full details of which can be found here.
If Villa are Middlesbrough’s feeder team, then Barnsley may increasingly take a similar view of us.
The latest link is to free agent Marley Watkins.
Watkins Key Facts:
- 26 years old
- Position: Attacking midfielder.
- Two footed – can play on either right or left.
- Barnsley: 76 Apps + 15 goals.
- Product of Swansea’s academy.
- Part of Barnsley’s League 1 & Johnstone Paint winning side.
- Submitted a transfer request in January 2017.
- Rejected new contract offer from The Tykes.
- Targeted by Leeds, Ipswich, Cardiff & Bristol City.
- Announced his departure from Barnsley via Twitter (10.5.17):
A suspiciously re-hashed transfer link to Liverpool’s 23 year old midfielder Kevin Stewart has surfaced.
Stewart has failed to make an breakthrough into the Jurgen Klopp’s side and despite having a long deal on Merseyside will presumably be moved on.
Stewart is described as an exciting prospect in some quarters when looking at fan comments, but equally is a peripheral figure at a club with perhaps grander ambitions.
Equally, at 23, Stewart is suffering “Gary Gardner syndrome”, in which he cannot really be considered a “prospect” or youth player anymore.
Stewart was profile during the last window, the details of which can be read here.
Villa will face stiff competition if harbouring genuine interest in getting his services. The midfielder is valued at around £10 million by Liverpool, which represents a massive fee for a player who has very limited senior first team experience.
Newly promoted Brighton reportedly lead the chase with a number of Championship sides also maintaining a watching brief.