At least our part is no.rumor.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 29, 2017
The Daily Mail had reported on Saturday that Villa, along with Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City, were interested in the 26-year-old, who looks to have fallen down the pecking order at Molineux following the summer arrivals of Willy Boly and Roderick Miranda.
Batth scored four goals in 41 league appearances for Wolves last season and the report says he was a target for Villa, which made sense after they sold Nathan Baker to Bristol City earlier this week.
With John Terry, Christopher Samba, Tommy Elphick and Micah Richards as their centre-back options – and with the future of the latter duo far from certain – it would be no surprise to see Steve Bruce’s men swoop for a new central defender in the coming weeks.
Aston Villa supporters were quick to respond to Xia’s tweet via social media, and they were divided on their opinions of Batth despite their chairman effectively confirming the story is nothing more than a rumour.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Batth would be a decent CB. Terry and Samba on 1 yr deals. Richards and Elphick don't look to be in Villa's plans.
— Keith Aston (@keith_aston123) July 29, 2017
decent CB go for it if we get him cheaper and less wages than Baker
— James Lloyd (@LloydyAVFC) July 29, 2017
I just don't rate him personally! Definitely not an upgrade on baker
— Zoe (@ZoeShemmans_x) July 29, 2017
No no no. Terrible signing use suliman instead b as gs of potential
— Dane bird (@Danebird7) July 29, 2017
My Brother is a Wolves fan and doesn't really rate him much. Batth isn't a great player. Certainly not better than what we've already got.
— cratz (@HeatonSamuel) July 29, 2017
We don't need anymore defenders or midfielders, we need more goal scorers!
— Chris Hunt (@NewDaddy86) July 30, 2017
rather bring in fllint, janasson or forren
— Kelvin Stephens (@kjsgamez98) July 30, 2017