By Amir Mir
Aston Villa are reportedly set to sell striker Rudy Gestede to rivals West Brom – and fans on Twitter have offered mixed views.
The Sun claim the Premier League club will land Gestede in a £7million deal during the January transfer window, with their manager Tony Pulis confident of agreeing the move.
It is also claimed that Villa will chase Brentford forward Scott Hogan as his replacement.
Certain sections of the Villa support clearly want the 28-year-old to stay at the club, especially considering the three attackers that will leave for the Africa Cup of Nations next month.
Jonathan Kodjia, Albert Adomah and Jordan Ayew will join their respective countries for Africa’s major tournament which starts on January 14 with the final set to take place on February 5.
This is why one supporter questioned the decision making of the club, if rumours about Gestede departing next month are true.
Additionally another fan came to the defence of the target-man by stating he has done a good job for the Midlands club when called upon this season.
However with the price tag of £7million, other supporters were more than happy to see the former Blackburn man leave the Championship outfit.
They felt that the transfer would be a great piece of business as they also wanted his under-fire teammate Ross McCormack to leave for a similar price tag.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Gestede ain't going anywhere ???I can't believe there will be a Prem team willing to spend £6-7m on him. Nah, no chance. #AVFC
— Jb08 (@jsb_av1) December 20, 2016
£7m for Gestede?? Give us £7.5m and we'll throw in McCormack too! ??
— Jay (@Jasto_avfc) December 20, 2016
Our fans now calling Gestede a 'donkey' cause he's linked with WBA?? So fickle, he's been great when he's come on this season
— ️ (@MeIIberg) December 20, 2016
— B. P. Bag (@BPBAG1) December 20, 2016
Why would we let Gestede go when other strikers are off to the African Cup? The machinations of runnning a football team are beyond me! ?
— susie barnsby (@susiebarn) December 20, 2016
To get £7mil for Gestede is brilliant business #avfc
— Aaron (@AaronPeaPea) December 20, 2016
Love Gestede but not worth £7 million ?? #avfc
— JB (@AVFCJamie_123) December 20, 2016
Gestede has played 17 league games for Villa this term, scoring four goals and supplying one assist.
But he has started just seven games for the promotion chasers, including starting three matches under Steve Bruce.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, owner Tony Xia has issued this update on the future of this player.