Aston Villa react to reports Bruce to sell £45,000-a-week first-team regular
By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa have denied they are ready to offload midfield mainstay Mile Jedinak during the summer transfer window.
The Sun claim Villa boss Steve Bruce will be forced to cash in on high earners as he continues his overhaul of the squad.
It is said that the Midlands giants “will try to move out Jedinak at the end of the season” and he will be joined through the exit door by other big hitters such as flop striker Ross McCormack.
The Sun report that Villa are looking to find new clubs for the pair as they appear likely to have failed in their bid to secure promotion at the first time of asking.
But Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has delivered an emphatic response to the reports on his personal Twitter account.
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Asked on Sunday by a supporter if it was true that Jedinak would be sold to make way for new arrivals, Wyness described it as “fake news”.
— keith wyness (@retsub12) April 2, 2017
Jedinak, 32, has been a mainstay of the team since joining from Crystal Palace for around £4million last summer.
The midfield anchorman, a 70-times Australia international, has made 29 appearances in all competitions, with his tally of 28 Championship starts bettered only by James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia this season.
The Daily Star claim that Jedinak is the club’s third top earner on a salary of £45,000-a-week, putting him behind only former England internationals Gabriel Agbonlahor and Micah Richards.
Bruce replaced Roberto Di Matteo at Villa Park and initially oversaw a revival before a crippling set of results either side of the new year effectively ended the club’s promotion hopes.
Villa have won six of their last seven matches to climb to 11th in the Championship table but are 10 points adrift of Fulham, who are sixth and in the final promotion spot.
Football Insider verdict:
Jedinak was brought in to help secure Villa promotion at the first attempt. He has done a solid job and is one of the few signings made over the last two windows who has come close to living up to his billing. But his salary is hefty and he was not a Bruce signing, two factors which are not in his favours as club chiefs identify who might be expendable in the summer window. Cashing in on the bearded Aussie won’t go down well with fans, but it might draw approval from the beancounters.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, talks are to get underway as a proven Premier League performer wants to join the Midlands club.