With the closure of the January transfer window looming, many Villa fans are left wondering if we will bring anyone else in, which may depend on Randy Lerner’s willingness to part with his cash and Lambert’s ability to get rid of players like Alan Hutton.
Will We Bring Anyone In?
I believe Lambert will bring one more player to the club. The fans can give up on the idea of Lambert signing Defour, whose agent has linked him with many clubs just to get a few quid from selling the story, it seems. Defour was a transfer target for Manchester United last summer so it is doubtful that the prospect of playing for Aston Villa would be an attractive option to him. The wage would also be a stumbling block for Villa, although ‘The Express and Star’ reported early last week that Defour was waiting on a Spurs bid before deciding on the offer from Villa.
A name thrown around all January is the now unsettled Wes Hoolahan. Hoolahan would be a good short term solution for a Villa side lacking creativity. Given that this rumour has been hanging around all January, it seems Norwich chiefs are resolute in their stance not to let Paul Lambert take another asset from them. A recent ‘Daily Telegraph’ article suggested that Paul Lambert had ended his interest in Hoolahan due to the Canaries’ hostility. Then again, if we come up with the money, Norwich may be obliged to accept a decent offer.
Another player whose name was recently flung into the hat is an eighteen-year-old from Barcelona named Jean Marie Dongou. The youngster has a considerable amount of both potential and ability. This is a rumour that has come out of the blue and the signing of Dongou appears unlikely as Paul Lambert has loaned out youngsters of a similar age already. Why would he bring such a young, inexperienced player in on loan? Well, Dongou does know how to find the goal and is highly rated by the Barcelona bosses. This deal is also doubtful as all of Paul Lambert’s deals have been kept under wraps until the players have actually signed for us. If Dongou was a few years older I would love to see him at the club but I cannot see him adding the experience we need to the side.
Finally, ‘The Metro’ has also reported that the Villans are linked with Wolves’ foul-mouthed Leigh Griffiths and Genk striker Jelle Vossen. I do not want Lee Griffiths at our club. This supposed target was only thrown into the frame yesterday.
We still lack a creative touch in our side so it would be nice to see Lambert addressing this issue.
Can We Expect To See Any Departures?
Alan Hutton will leave Villa at some point in the near future, with the likes of Fulham and Huddersfield supposedly interested in him. It is believed Hutton has failed to agree on a pay off from Villa and that is hindering any move away from Villa Park.
Furthermore, Mr Loan Man himself, Nathan Delfouneso, looks no closer to leaving Villa. Once Villa’s young player of the year, he has never threatened to break into the Villa side and has not shown the ability to play in the Championship, with an unsuccessful loan at Blackpool ending at the start of January.
Darren Bent has been sussed out, I believe. Meulensteen has not played Bent much since he took charge at Craven Cottage and it looks likely that Bent will return to Villa come June and then move on. I am almost certain that Bent will not be signing a permanent deal at Fulham any time soon.
A forgotten man is Daniel Johnson. The young Jamaican has never looked set for the Premier League despite a promising start to his career. In a loan spell at Yeovil, he failed to do much. He may not go anywhere until the summer, however.
The club is in a good position financially, according to Paul Faulkner, so it is highly unlikely that Lerner will break the bank to bring anyone else to the club. I believe Villa fans can expect a quiet final week of the transfer window. Let’s sit back and watch the madness unfold as we enjoy a comfortable victory over a weak West Bromwich Albion side on Wednesday night!