Aston Villa have completed a loan deal with an option to buy for Swansea’s Tom Carroll that will see the midfielder link up with Dean Smith and co for the remainder of the season in a crazy turn of events.
Sky Sports linked the Villans with a move for Carroll’s teammate Leroy Fer and looked to have beaten French outfit Lille to his signature, but have instead pulled off a last minute swoop for former Spurs man Carroll.
Swans captain Fer has been a key figure for Graham Potter’s side in recent weeks, while 26-year-old Carroll has not featured since October – Smith will be hoping the Englishman can seamlessly slot in and provide competition in the midfield.
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Carroll joins Lovre Kalinic, Kortney Hause, Tyrone Mings and Frederic Gilbert at Villa Park as Smith conducts some tidy January business in a bid to push for a second consecutive play-off final.
The Midlands outfit currently sit tenth in the Championship standings but are just four points off sixth place Derby County, who therefore hold the final play-off spot – will Carroll and the other new boys be enough to guide them to promotion?
Here’s how Villa fans reacted to the signing of Carroll on Twitter…
Biggest plot twist in history
— Jack (@howleyavfc) January 31, 2019
It’s not Leroy Fer, but I’ll take it. Having the chance to sign Carroll at the end of the season is very shrewd.
— Crippy Cooke (@CrippyCooke) January 31, 2019
Weirdest thing of the transfer market by a mile
— Dan Wright (@DannyWright00) January 31, 2019
last person i expected us to sign lads
— kai edmead-mckie. (@KaiiAV) January 31, 2019
Typical Villa, underwhelming
— Mish Rahman (@misba70) January 31, 2019
Where did this come from???
— JayUTV (@JayVtid) January 31, 2019
— d (@hot_diggity_d) January 31, 2019
Couldn’t get Fer so got a guy who can’t even get in the Swansea side… pic.twitter.com/WnkDV5w2aR
— Sunil (@SunilVillaSalh) January 31, 2019
WHAT ON EARTH
— joe (@Frostyz___) January 31, 2019