Aston Villa raising war chest with three exits mooted this month - pundit

By Noel Whelan

4th Jan, 2022 | 7:00pm

Aston Villa could sign 'big player' after completing three loan-to-buy exits - Whelan

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard could fund the arrival of a “big player” by allowing three barely-seen stars to depart on loan-to-buy deals, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Villa’s “financial situation” could mean they are forced to cut players loose before making additions.

This site revealed on 29 November that Anwar El Ghazi, Bertrand Traore, and Trezeguet could be offloaded by Aston Villa this month.

Football Insider also revealed on 1 January that West Ham are plotting a January move for El Ghazi, with Villa willing to listen to permanent and loan offers.

The trio have made just one combined start since Gerrard’s arrival in November.

When asked if Villa could sanction exits for the barely-seen trio this month, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “It could raise funds, so absolutely.

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“Some clubs don’t always have the luxury of keeping these players on big contracts while also going out and buying another big player.

“Sometimes you’ve got to cut one loose if you want to bring another in. That’s just the way of the world with most clubs and their financial situations right now.

“There’s no point keeping players if they’re not in your plans. If you can move them on with loan-to-buy deals and get the wages out of the club, then do that.

“It works both ways, Aston Villa could then use that money to bring players in – perhaps also on a loan to buy basis.”

Aston Villa could free up a domestic loan spot in the coming days.

Axel Tuanzebe’s temporary deal is reportedly set to be terminated by parent club Man United.

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