By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa are odds-on favourites to sign Robert Snodgrass from West Ham this summer, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
Sky Bet priced the Championship club at 4/9 on Monday afternoon to sign the winger, 29, before the transfer window cut-off.
Villa are overwhelmingly in the betting driving seat to land Snodgrass, with the next-best priced club Sheffield Wednesday priced at a distant 16/1.
The narrow odds for Villa to sign the Scotland international come after he was omitted from the West Ham squad for their 4-0 hammering at Manchester United on Sunday.
The ExWHU Employee Twitter account, which has established a strong reputation for breaking West Ham stories, claimed on Monday morning that Snodgrass was not selected for the matchday 18 because the club are in talks to sell him.
The insider account explained that manager Slaven Bilic will sign another winger to replace the Scotland international if a deal is agreed.
Snodgrass was not in the squad as a deal for him to leave is being discussed. Should this happen another winger should join to replace him
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) August 14, 2017
Bilic claimed on Sunday that Snodgrass had been omitted from the squad for the defeat at Old Trafford due to tactical reasons, despite the unavailability through injury of key attackers Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio.
The 29-year-old has struggled to make an impact at the London Stadium since his £10.8million January move from Hull City.
The 24-times Scotland international did not score in 15 matches for the Hammers after being Hull’s outstanding player in the opening half of the campaign, when he scored seven league goals.
Football Insider verdict:
Snodgrass’ bizarre West Ham spell might be about to come to an end, but that would not stop him being a brilliant signing for Villa. He might lack the pace and mobility to consistently threaten Premier League defences, but he would surely clean up in the Championship. After all, he has an excellent track record in the division. With a touch, vision and technique that can be matched by few second-tier players, not to mention brilliant set-piece ability, Snodgrass would instantly make Villa a better side.
In other West Ham transfer news, supporters have destroyed this summer signing after his display against Manchester United on Sunday.