It’s still early days, but the transfer rumour mill is certainly underway for another year. You always hear a wide variety of claims and some are certainly more believable than others. I expect us to be ‘linked’ with a lot of premier league talent over the coming months, although only a select few qualify as genuine, trustworthy reports that are worth keeping an eye on. Today I will focus on Glenn Whelan.
Aston Villa has reportedly had a £500k bid rejected by Stoke for the midfielder and although I fully expect them to sell Whelan, I feel they will hold out for more purely because of Dr Tony’s deep pockets. Whilst I don’t expect us to bid £15m, it’s clear we’re going to need a little more to persuade Mark Hughes to part company with the Republic of Ireland international. Some reports have suggested around the £1million mark.
Will Whelan be a good fit for Aston Villa?
Well, one thing’s for sure, he is not an X factor signing. I don’t expect shirt sales to soar and Twitter to explode if we announce him as a Villa player. Maybe, though, this would be for the best.
He has made over 300 appearances for Stoke and anyone who has played that many games, consistently, in the Premier League must be doing something right. He sounds like Mr Consistent, not a player who will set the game alight but one who is very knowledgeable when it comes to playing at the highest level. Putting him alongside Jedinak would give us the wisest, most experienced (and probably slowest) midfield core in the league.
I would be very happy if this comes to fruition. If Bruce really wants Whelan, he has a long time to negotiate and talk to the player before next season. This could, of course, just be another player who we are interested in but not enough to pay over the odds for. I’m sure that I am not the only fan who would like another central midfield player prior to our second season in the Championship.
There are a lot of factors involved and Whelan may not want to drop down a division, or indeed leave a club that he has been with for the past nine years. This may be an indication that Bruce wants to go with experience over youth this time around. Time will tell, and I am sure that Whelan will not be the only name on fan’s lips as the long Summer without football continues. Keep refreshing Dr Tony’s Twitter page because, if it’s anything like the last window, it should be a lot of fun.