According to South Korean outlet Sports Chosun, free agent Jordon Mutch is set for a surprise move to Asia despite Sun journalist Mike McGrath saying via his official Twitter account on Monday that the midfielder was scheduled to train with Aston Villa this week.
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) January 21, 2019
Well, Sports Chosun reports that Gyeongnam FC coach Kim Jong-boo is keen on adding an attacking midfielder with an eye for a pass to the ranks and sees Mutch as the perfect signing.
The Englishman may have proved too costly to sign while still on the books at Palace, but is now available at no expense having terminated his contract by mutual consent, as per cpfc.co.uk.
Villa boss Dean Smith has done a pretty tidy job of mopping up the mess left by Steve Bruce in October although the urgency for reinforcements still remains – the Villa park outfit are light in both midfield and defence and have previously had another free agent in James Collins train with them, although he sustained an unfortunate injury and tore up his five-week deal.
Collins left West Ham last summer as a cult hero and having chalked up 214 appearances for the Hammers, but the same cannot be said of Mutch, who hardly featured in red and blue – he played his last full 90 minutes for the Eagles almost three years ago.
Part of a mass Selhurst Park exodus this month, the 27-year-old may be out of work but is not ready to quit just yet it would seem and, while Smith and co may feel aggrieved that he is moving elsewhere, they have surely dodged a bullet by not taking him on.
The former Birmingham man spent much of the last two years on loan at Reading and then Vancouver Whitecaps, neither of which he performed particularly well for – if Villa want to get back into the Premier League, they shouldn’t be settling for someone who failed to convince an MLS team that he was worth signing permanently, as per Sky Sports.