Transfer rumour round-up

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After watching the team falling out of the Premier League, following a string of deeply disappointing performances, many Villa fans will be desperate to see a host of new faces at the club this summer – and the departure of a few existing ones.

Liam Bridcutt

With Carlos Sanchéz tipped to leave the club over the summer for Ligue 1, some believe Di Matteo and his team have identified Sunderland stalwart Bridcutt as a suitable replacement.

The defensive midfielder has enjoyed successful spells at Brighton and Hove Albion and, more recently, Sunderland and Leeds United and would offer a strong presence in a new-look Villa midfield.

While a host of clubs are reported to be chasing Bridcutt, including Leeds United, reports suggest he will turn them down in favour of a move to Villa Park.

Islam Slimani

With 27 goals in 33 appearances in the 2015-16 season, the Lisbon forward has gained a lot of admirers over the last year. Aston Villa will have to fend off a number of rivals to grab the prolific Algerian, but his ability to find the back of the net would prove invaluable in the Championship.

With the club’s new Chinese chairman, the club is looking at a financially prosperous future. For Villa, the new ownership is the football equivalent of winning Lottoland’s MegaMillions jackpot, so bringing in a player like Slimani isn’t just a distant fantasy.

Ivica Olic

A name from the past, Olic is remembered most for his successes in the German Bundesliga, where he was a striker for Bayern Munich, amongst others.

Described once by Slaven Bilic as “the king of important matches”, he proved himself as a consistent big-game player, but has recently struggled to make an impact.

Now a free agent, Aston Villa will hope to bring Olic in to offer some experience and add goals in their Championship campaign.

However, the 36-year-old has been viewed suspiciously by many Villa fans, largely due to his age and poor scoring form for Hamburg. The Villa faithful will no doubt hope that it’s Slimani, and not Olic, who joins the club this summer.

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