Rumours are rife regarding possible transfers, as is the case every summer. Footballers’ names are being thrown around and links made to clubs they could join. This keeps everyone going during the closed season. This summer, Aston Villa Football Club is in an unusual situation, with the club for sale. As things stand, it is not unreasonable to imagine that any incoming players this summer will need to be acquired as cheaply as possible. However, experienced, quality players are needed. Finding quality players at the right price could prove problematic but I’ve found three players who could bolster the Villa squad without breaking the budget.
First on my list is Martin Kelly. Kelly currently plies his trade at Anfield but he hasn’t had much game time lately. The full back is being kept out of Liverpool’s starting XI by England international Glen Johnson. It is safe to say that the 24-year-old could really do with some more first team, top flight football next season. He’s got a point to prove and a season long loan move to Villa could see him prove that point while potentially helping Aston Villa Football Club to enjoy a successful season. Kelly has made sixty-one first team appearances for Liverpool and has scored one goal. He also has one England cap.
Joleon Lescott is a player I have referred to previously. The big centre back is available on a free after finding himself out of favour at Manchester city for most of the 2013/14 season. As many of you will be aware, Lescott grew up in Birmingham. Aston Villa is said to be the 31-year-old’s boyhood club so if we were to sign him I’m sure we’d see plenty of passion – something we’ve been crying out for! The wealth of experience he has, and could pass on to some of our younger players, could prove invaluable.
The third and final player on my list of potential signings is Mohammed Sissoko. Sissoko is available on a free transfer from Levante. The 29-year-old midfielder isn’t short of Premier League experience, having spent three seasons at Liverpool. During his time at Liverpool, Sissoko won the UEFA Super Cup, the Community Shield and the F.A. Cup. He’s played for some of the top European clubs including the likes of Valencia, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. It now looks as though Sissoko’s career is fizzling to an end so he could be good value for money and might welcome a return to the Premier League.