The Athletic’s Gregg Evans has dropped a teasing Aston Villa transfer update that will leave fans excited.
Dean Smith’s side have enjoyed a rollercoaster ride of a summer transfer window thus far, losing Jack Grealish to Premier League champions Manchester City, but strengthening the squad with a number of key additions.
And now, Evans has delivered the latest update on where things currently stand at Villa Park.
He said: “With a couple of weeks still left in this window, Villa remain open to one late move. James Ward-Prowse has been on the radar all summer but, as previously reported, the chances of Southampton letting him go after already selling Ings and key defender Jannik Vestergaard in the current window are slim.
“They will only accept a huge bid for Ward-Prowse — somewhere around half of what Grealish cost City — so that appears unlikely now. Villa may move on to an alternative target, or even wait until the window reopens in January.”
While Evans may have poured cold water over a potential move for Southampton skipper James Ward-Prowse, the journalist does deliver a teasing claim about Villa doing some kind of late business towards the end of the transfer window.
The opening day defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League no doubt raised some concerns in Smith’s eyes over his team, and he will be aware that Villa will face some early problems in getting his new team to gel – both in terms of the number of signings he’s made and fitting them in, and losing the influence of Grealish.
Bringing in a new central midfield to bolster the spine of the team seems like the logical thing to do, given they’ve already brought in Axel Tuanzebe at centre-back, Emi Buendia to bring some creativity further forward, and Danny Ings to shoulder some of the goal-scoring burden.
If Villa can end the transfer window with another marquee signing late on, then they can be very pleased with the work they’ve done in replacing Grealish this summer.
Fans will be very excited to see whether Evans’ transfer claim about a late move comes to fruition.