Now that the 2022 January transfer window has opened, the next few weeks could see a number of Premier League clubs dip into the market to make some changes to their squads.
With four wins and four defeats since Steven Gerrard was appointed as Villa’s manager, it seems likely that he will want to use the current transfer window to improve his squad and end the season on a high note.
However, it seems as though the Villans will have to be careful to not lose one of their current squad members as well as potentially looking at bringing in some new players.
In a recent club-by-club transfer guide from the Daily Mail, they have claimed that Villa defender Kortney Hause is of interest to fellow Premier League club Watford this month.
Villa originally signed Hause from fellow Premier League club Wolves on a loan deal back in the 2019 January transfer window before securing him on a permanent deal in the following summer window.
Overall, the 26-year-old, who is currently picking up a weekly wage of £25k-per-week according to Salary Sport, has made a total of 53 appearances for Villa across all competitions, chipping in with four goals along the way.
Having been labelled in the past as a figure that “dominates players” on the pitch by Pat Rowe, Hause’s previous performance for Villa in their recent 2-1 defeat against Brentford showed just that with the defender winning four of the five duels he was involved in.
In terms of his overall performances in the league for Villa this season, WhoScored have him listed as their joint-seventh highest rated player alongside fellow centre-back Tyrone Mings, showing how capable he is of playing at a good level for Villa in the Premier League.
With this in mind and the fact that Axel Tuanzebe is reportedly close to leaving Villa Park for another loan deal to Italian club Napoli, it would be a disaster if Villa were to see Hause leave as well this month if the club aren’t able to bring in another defender to replace the duo.
Moving forward, Villa and Gerrard should be doing all they can to keep hold of Hause this month and beyond given how useful he’s been for the team this season.