Sport Villa Have Bid Accepted For Championship Ace

22:35  11 january  2017
22:35  11 january  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Key Midfielder Could Be Allowed To Leave The Club

  Key Midfielder Could Be Allowed To Leave The Club A shock report in The Mirror on Wednesday claimed that Villa could allow key central midfielder, Mile Jedinak, to leave the club this month. The Australian international only joined Villa last summer, and since then he has become a regular in the side under both Di Matteo and Steve Bruce. If anything, the 32-year-old has become more important to the side since Bruce took over, emphasised by the fact that last Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City is the only league fixture that he has not started since Bruce arrived. However, despite his regular starts, a report from The Mirror on Wednesday evening included a line that claimed that Jedinak could be allowed to leave Villa Park this month as Bruce is looking to free up space for a January overhaul. Given the fact that Villa are extremely light when it comes down to experienced and talented center-midfielder, it would be very surprising if Villa were to sell their key man in the middle of the park.

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According to the Express, Villa have had a £3 million bid accepted for Nottingham Forest’s goalscoring midfielder Henri Lansbury.

Lansbury, who has scored 6 goals this season, will reportedly undergo a medical at Villa Park in the coming days and it is hoped that the deal will be complete before the weekend – although he probably won’t play any part in the match against Wolves on Saturday evening.

Talks had recently hit a bit of a stumbling block as Nottingham Forest are set to change ownership within the coming week with American John Jay Moore taking over. It had even been mentioned that no deal would be talked about until the takeover has been completed, but it seems that Moore has realised that he cannot afford to let Lansbury stay at the club and run out his contract which expires in the summer.

Lansbury would be a great signing for Villa as they are extremely light in the midfield at the moment, and £3 million for someone of Lansbury’s quality and Championship experience represents a very good piece of business.

Brentford boss rules out McCormack move .
Brentford manager Dean Smith has rubbished claims that his side are interested in Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack. Smith, as quoted by Get West London, was discussing his side’s transfer activity this month and the subject of McCormack was a short-lived one, with him quashing The Bees’ chances of signing the Scotsman. “I don’t think he’s one we can probably afford either.” The 30-year-old hasn’t lived up to the high expectations set of him upon his arrival at Villa Park yet, but he could certainly have a big opportunity to stamp his mark on the club in the coming weeks due to Jonathan Kodjia’s absence. The Ivorian is representing his country at the African Cup of Nations. McCormack has just three goals in the Championship this season from a total of 12 starts for Villa and seven appearances off the bench, so he’ll hope to improve his goal tally in the near future otherwise Steve Bruce could start to lose patience with the Scotland forward.

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