Sky Sports journalist Rob Dorsett has dropped an update on Aston Villa’s transfer plans.
Dean Smith’s side have had an eventful transfer window thus far, making a number of new signings in the shape of Emi Buendia, Danny Ings and Leon Bailey among others, while they’ve also waved goodbye to talisman Jack Grealish, who is now with Premier League champions Manchester City.
It now appears that Smith is happy with the club’s transfer business as we get into deadline day, although an intriguing claim has been made about a possible late swoop.
Writing ahead of deadline day on Twitter, Dorsett said: “#avfc won’t pursue a deal for #lfc midfielder Curtis Jones. Dean Smith happy with the squad he has, but still has money for a midfielder if a decent deal is forthcoming before tomorrow’s deadline. Already seen bids knocked back for Ward-Prowse and Smith Rowe.”
While NSWE have spearheaded another impressive summer of recruitment following last year’s one which saw the likes of Emi Martinez and Ollie Watkins coming in to help Villa to just outside of the top ten, deadline day gives them a superb opportunity to take the club to the next level.
Having seen bids rejected for the likes of James Ward-Prowse and Emile Smith Rowe as Dorsett himself says, clearly Villa wanted a central midfielder, and that really shouldn’t be off the agenda just because we’re heading into the closing stages of the transfer window.
It’s the position which needs the most strengthening, as evidenced by what Express and Star journalist Luke Hatfield had to say exclusively to Football FanCast earlier this month.
He said: “Midfield is the one I think Villa need to address, particularly after their start in the Premier League. I think every Villa fan out there really wants to see them sign a defensive midfielder.”
If a deal is “forthcoming” for Villa, then NSWE simply must bring out the cheque-book one final time this summer and splash the cash today.
It would bolster Smith’s options in the middle of the park significantly and ensure that Villa don’t regret missing out on the likes of Ward-Prowse and Smith Rowe earlier this summer.