Here’s your early Afternoon round-up of the Aston Villa news for today.
Words by Regan Foy | @FindFoy
Marvelous Nakamba a ‘Top Target’ for Aston Villa
Zimbabwean news outlet Chronicle reported last night that Aston Villa are preparing a £20,000,000 bid for Club Brugge midfielder Marvelous Nakamba.
With Newcastle and Watford interested too, Aston Villa were hoping that they could conclude a deal before the African Cup of Nations gets underway – but Club Brugge held off hoping that his price would increase after a good tournament.
Sources have told our sister paper, The Herald, that Aston Villa were ready to get the deal done before the start of the Afcon finals but it appears Genk are now not ready to do so because there is a possibility Nakamba’s stock, and price, could rise if he has a very good tournament here.
“The English side, Villa, really want Marvelous but you know there are a number of issues at stake, one of them is the transfer fee, and with the Nations Cup finals about to start, his club believed a lot could change in the event their player sparkles.”Zimbabwe Chronicle, 19/06/2019, 00:06
Steer and McGinn Set for Heroes Reward
The Daily Mail are reporting that John McGinn is set for a bumper new contract amidst interest from the likes of Leicester City. He’ll be offered an extension to the three years that he has remaining, as well as a rise in wages.
The Sun are reporting that a similar reward for Jed Steer is on the cards too, saying that the Semi-Final shoot-out hero is ready to fight for his place in between the sticks next season. Steer currently has a year remaining on his contract.
ASTON VILLA have opened talks over a new contract for play-off hero Jed Steer.
The 26-year-old keeper has one season left on his current deal at Villa Park and the club have moved swiftly to secure his future.The Sun, 19/06/19, 10:32
Hogan, Webster and a whole lot of Robins?
The Mirror and Birmingham Live are reporting that Scott Hogan remains a player that Bristol City are interested in after trying to secure his services in the January window.
According to the report, Hogan has been told that he is free to leave Villa Park, despite saying that he is willing to knuckle down and fight for his place this pre-season.
With Aston Villa reportedly interested in Adam Webster – could a deal be struck with City that sees Hogan and some money go the opposite way to Webster arriving at Villa Park?
“We understand that Hogan remains a player that City are interested in and he is likely to be available again this summer now that parent club Villa have been promoted. “Birmingham Live, 19/06/2019, 08:50
Tuanzebe Tight Lipped
Yesterday it was heavily reported that Aston Villa would try and secure the services of Axel Tuanzebe this season, with a fee of £8,000,000, which seems incredibly ludicrous, banded around on social media.
Manchester Evening News have reported that Axel Tuanzebe’s stance on his future is that “he’s going to try and get into the first-team” and is “prepared for pre-season with United” – but Tuanzebe does not rule anything out, in fact, he doesn’t say anything.
With a number of centre-backs being linked with Manchester United, it could be a late deal that sees Tuanzebe return to Villa this summer.
Newly-promoted Villa have been linked with a permanent move for centre-back Tuanzebe following his 18-month loan spell but it is understood Tuanzebe is preparing to return to United for pre-season training. A source close to Tuanzebe told the MEN there is ‘no movement’ on the 21-year-old’s immediate future since he wants to impress Solskjaer during United’s pre-season schedule.Manchester Evening News, 19/09/2019, 11:00
Walsall Support Acorns, Where are Villa?
Walsall Football Club announced their support of the Acorns Children’s Hospice via a statement yesterday afternoon, showcasing the lack of support from Aston Villa currently as the Acorns Hospice struggle to keep their head above water in some areas.
Fans have called for the friendly against Walsall to be in aid of the Acorns Hospice, whilst others have called for the kids shirts to hark back to yesteryear with Acorns as the sponsor.
Regardless of the outcome, Walsall FC have pledged our support for Acorns. The charity will be one of a select number of charities we will work with during the 2019/20 campaign.Walsall Football Club, 18/09/2019, 16:38
Related: Villa make record-breaking cash as Acorns faces hospice closure (7500 to Holte)