Aston Villa fans react on Twitter at speculation Bruce is close to striker deal
By Will Butcher
Aston Villa fans reacted with surprise on Twitter at reports Rudy Gestede is set to join Middlesbrough for £6.5million during the January window.
The Guardian’s deputy news editor Ed Aarons claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Benin international was close to sealing a move to Aitor Karanka’s Premier League new boys.
Gestede, 27, is set to be the first to leave Villa Park in January as Steve Bruce looks to conduct a mid-season reshuffle in order to launch an assault on the Championship playoffs.
With Villa possessing an abundance of strikers, Bruce is expected to sell one of his forwards and it seems the former Blackburn forward will be the one to leave Villa Park.
Fans have reacted on Twitter in shock as they cannot believe that Bruce is set to receive a figure of £6.5million for the target man, with many believing he is not worth such a fee.
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Here is selection of their messages on Twitter:
Recouping £6.5m for Gestede is good business, seems like a great bloke but he doesn't fit into our system. Wish him all the best! #AVFC
— The Holte (@TheHolteTweets) December 28, 2016
Gestede has been a model pro during his time at VP. Just a shame 99% of people could walk faster than he runs amongst other things. #AVFC
— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) December 28, 2016
Rhodes over Gestede any day of the week! #avfc
— Matthew Emery (@MattEmeryIsMe) December 28, 2016
I've warmed to Rudy Gestede, nice bloke but £6.5m is a decent bit of business for a player Bruce clearly doesn't see as a starter #avfc
— Mr Thompson (@mrthompson81) December 28, 2016
Happy for Gestede to go but will need replacing with a loan signing to cover our forwards departing to Africa for a few weeks. #avfc
— The Droyd (@The_Droyd) December 28, 2016
— Ja'Crispy Oakley (@Gazoaks) December 28, 2016
— Sam Willetts (@1_0_1_0_1_0_I) December 28, 2016
Since his £6million move to the Midlands giants in the summer of 2015, Gestede has scored just 10 goals in 54 league and cup appearances.
Despite scoring four of those goals this season, Gestede is now set to be offloaded with the money used to invest in other areas of the squad.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, this Serie A striker has made an emphatic decision over his future.