Steven Gerrard will be hoping to make his impact on the January transfer window to put into place the vision he has for Aston Villa’s future in the Premier League, but one of his prime targets could now be unobtainable in January.
Aston Villa have reportedly shown interest in former Hearts defender, Aaron Hickey, who currently plays in the Serie A for Bologna, who has become one of the hottest prospects in Europe with his performances this season, that have clearly caught the eye of former Scottish Premiership manager, Gerrard.
Due to rumoured interest from Aston Villa and Manchester City, Bologna’s sporting director, Walter Sabatini, has put a dampener on the hopes of securing the teeanager’s signature when the transfer window in a few days.
As reported by BirminghamLive, Sabatini said;
“Hickey is a Bologna player, and despite the interest of many clubs, he will 100 per cent remain here.
“Last season was a short one for him because of injury but he has already shown us the great qualities he possesses as a player.
“Bologna are betting a lot on him, and he stays with us.”
Hickey has caught the attention of Premier League clubs thanks to his impactful performances in the Serie A this season, scoring five goals from his full back position in the last 20 appearances, and assisting the Italian side defensively to seven clean sheets so far this season.
According to Sport Witness via TuttoSport, Gerrard has been “leading the race” in the interest Aston Villa have shown in the 19-year-old Glaswegian and has been keen on the player for some time, so this statement from Bologna’s sporting director will likely leave the former Rangers manager fuming.
It is understood that Aston Villa want to sign the Scottish teenager to push Matt Targett in his position at the club, with BirminghamLive reporting that Hickey is known by Gerrard’s coaches and Villa scouts have even been over to Italy to scout the youngster.
There is no doubt that the £11.7m-rated player would be a great addition to Gerrard’s Aston Villa side, and would certainly help to offer more creativity from the back, with his competitor for the left-back position at Villa Park, Matt Targett, scoring four fewer goals this season than the potential new signing.
Luckily, in football money talks, so if the Villa manager is seriously interested in signing the left-back, he may have a chance but will need to come up with an offer that Bologna cannot refuse, or postpone going in for his target until the Summer, but with the likes of Manchester City rumoured to be interested in the player too, it could be unwise to leave it too long to make a bid.
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