Wesley who?

News broke today that Aston Villa are set to sign Wesley Moraes for an initial record £20million from Club Brugges.
Most of us were quite happy just looking forward to the fixtures being released. Clearly, Villa had other plans. Plans that could lead to plenty of Villa fans scrambling around to use their Match bonus codes which can be found here, as confidence about staying in the Premier League increases.
Around 2 pm this afternoon Kristof Terreur announced the transfer on his Twitter account:

John Percy confirmed this story a little after Kristof’s initial tweet but who is he and is he happy to be here?

Deal, what deal?

At the end of the domestic season, Wesley announced he would be leaving Club Brugges and was interested in a move to the Premiership. It was rumoured that Newcastle and Rafa Benitez were interested. Benitez’s future is a question mark still and that may or may not have played a factor in the Newcastle interest.

His agent, Paulo Nehmy, today confirmed that “negotiations concluded yesterday” and that “further details are to come from Brugge” regarding the transfer for Villa.

Hopefully Wesley won't be the next McCormackIt is reported that it will be a 5-year-deal. That could be a good or bad deal depending on how you look at it. If he turns out to be a flop – we are stuck with another Ross McCormack. Alternatively, he could be our new Christian Benteke. You don’t need me to explain to you how vital he was for Villa, do you?

Wesley who?

The Birmingham Mail opted for the Sky Sports approach and looked at how he faired on Football Manager. Read into that what you please.

In truth, information on the striker is very limited. He has been scouted by the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich with no deal materialising for whatever reason.

Standing at 6 foot three, it is no real surprise that he is decent in the air. However, he is also said to be dangerous with the ball at his feet. Wesley is said to be surprisingly nimble for a big man with good decision making. One Bayern fan site stated he could go on to be the next Miroslav Klose if coached in the right way.

The Brazilian is big and strong meaning his hold up play should work well for him in the Premiership. The one thing he needs to improve on is his finishing. Just 27 goals in 79 games do make you question why the big price tag?

But if this deal does get confirmed by the club, as most of the media seem to think it will, he will get my backing. Just like every other player who is signed by Dean Smith this summer.



  1. […] If you believe every rumour you read then Villa’s final outlay is going to be a big one. Off the top of my head, we have been linked with Jack Butland (£20M), Tyrone Mings (£15M), Kalvin Phillips (£14M) and Said Benrahma (£15M). I am sure Dean Smith will also have his eyes on lower fee players, as we saw with the Jota deal. Let’s not forget our record signing, Brazilian striker Wesley for £22 million. […]

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