Forget Johnstone: Three top-flight goalkeepers Aston Villa should target instead
COMMENT By Matt Farr
The 24-year-old goalkeeper is currently on loan at Aston Villa until the end of the season, having signed during the January transfer window.
However, while the deal represents a low-cost option for the club, Bruce could do a lot better than the inconsistent stopper.
Instead, the Aston Villa chief should turn his attention to one of these three experienced, low-cost, and ultimately more reliable, top-flight options.
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He is the undisputed No.1 for the Wales national team, but his position within the ranks at Crystal Palace is not so clear cut.
The 30-year-old spent much of the first-half of the campaign playing second fiddle to summer signing Steve Mandanda, but he has since been a regular feature of the Crystal Palace starting eleven.
However, Hennessey is out of contract at the end of the season, and there’s been no sign of the club looking to negotiate an extended deal.
Sam Allardyce could be waiting to determine the club’s Premier League fate before offering him a new deal, but Aston Villa would have a much-improved goalkeeping option if they were to move for Hennessey.
A move for the German stopper would be a wildly ambitious one from Aston Villa, but the club needs to show that sort of ambition to get where they want to be.
The 32-year-old is expected to leave Hamburg when his contract expires at the end of the season, with Hamburg’s own position in the Bundesliga under question.
Aston Villa would likely be required to offer Adler top-flight wages to entice him into a move to Villa Park, but the club has the money to do such a deal.
Capped 13 times by the national side, Adler would add vast experience to the club’s promotion bid.
Another ambitious move could see Aston Villa move for Tottenham deputy Michel Vorm.
The Dutchman moved to Tottenham from Swansea in 2014, but has been restricted to just nine Premier League appearances due to the presence of Hugo Lloris.
He could be made available for transfer this summer, and Aston Villa should not fear the prospect of the player dropping down a division as a threat to a potential deal.
Vorm will be eager for regular first-team opportunities, which are likely to be available at Villa Park next season, and the stature of the club speaks for itself.
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