It has been a pretty busy transfer deadline day for Aston Villa so far. The rumour that has been rumbling for a few days was made official today when Tyrone Mings completed his move to Villa from Bournemouth.
The 25-year-old has arrived on loan until the end of the season but it is unclear if Villa has an option to buy. You would think we would have considering what the club has been preaching of late.
Mings spoke to avfc.co.uk and went on to say: “I think it’s an exciting time to be at this club. I spoke to the gaffer and the chance to work with him and his coaching staff was a big factor. Where the club is and what they’re trying to do was a massive draw for me to come and be part. It seemed like a great fit for the club and for myself. Hopefully, we can both have success.”
It will be interesting to see if Mings is available for selection straight away or if we will need to build up his fitness levels. Dean Smith seems to see him as a centre back so it will be interesting to see what else Villa have lined up.
Hogan joins Sheffield United
Scott Hogan completed his much-anticipated loan move to Sheffield United today. The former Brentford striker has struggled since joining Villa. Many thought he would get a better chance under Smith, having worked with him in the past. However, the form of Tammy Abraham has limited his chances.
The 26-year-old has joined on a loan deal until the end of the season. Reports suggested Villa would only allow him to leave if the buying club covered all of his wages. It will be interesting to see the full details of the deal once the dust settles.
Three youngsters have left on loan deals today in order to get first-team experience. Villa fans have long criticized the fact that Villa doesn’t get the younger lads out on loan to give them every chance of being successful throughout their career.
The first departure came this morning when Corey Blackett-Taylor made the short journey up the M6 to Walsall. He joins the Saddlers on loan until the end of the season.
The second departure was announced late afternoon when Jake Doyle-Hayes joined Cambridge United. He has linked up with former Villa assistant manager, Colin Calderwood until the end of the season.
The most shocking departure came in the form of James Bree. Villa has struggled in the full-back positions and many have suggested he deserved a run in the team. Bree has linked up with former Villa boss Paul Lambert at Ipswich.
Reports suggest that Villa will make another two signings before the 11 pm deadline. Caen right-back Frederick Guilbert is being linked with a move. That deal is thought to be one that sees the right back return to France on loan until the summer.
Another rumour is that Villa has made a late offer for Leroy Fer of Swansea. Fer was rumoured to be on his way to Lille but Villa is said to have made a better offer.