Aston Villa move ahead in race for PL attacker with promotion-winning experience - report
By Danny Wright
Aston Villa are planning a raid of Huddersfield for attacker Joe Lolley, according to a report.
The Daily Mail reported in their live transfer blog on Saturday [02:58pm] that the Villains are plotting a loan switch for the 24-year-old, who helped the Terriers win promotion to the Premier League last season.
The attacker, who is capable of playing on both wings or as a striker, is also said to be attracting attention from Barnsley, Sheffield United and Sunderland.
However the report adds that former Kidderminster ace Lolley is a supporter of Aston Villa, meaning that they have the most appeal of the potential suitors and consequently puts them at in the lead for his signature.
Lolley spent a good portion of last term sidelined with a foot injury he sustained while playing in his side’s 1-1 draw at Villa Park last August.
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He returned to Dave Wagner’s first-team plans in January and in total appeared 22 times across all competitions, scoring one goal in the process.
Football Insider Verdict
Villa still need to make some reinforcements to their squad, especially with Jack Grealish now ruled out for several months with a serious kidney problem. Lolley would make a decent replacement as he has the experience of helping a team get into the Premier League. Villa are seriously paying for their previous buys this summer as they have been mainly restricted to loan signings and snapping up free agents. Lolley looks like he may have injury problems of his own, but Villa only really need a short-term option on the wing just until Grealish returns. Steve Bruce still needs to ship out some of the deadwood from his side, and perhaps once he’s done that he can spend a bit of money on strengthening his side even more.
In other Aston Villa news, Tony Xia has delivered his verdict on the draw with Hull.