By Harvey Byrne
Fellow Midlands club and Championship rivals Derby are looking to steal a march on Aston Villa for target Glenn Whelan, according to a report.
The Mirror have claimed in their live transfer blog (Wednesday, 3.45pm) that the Rams are looking to use the expected £8million cash injection received from Will Hughes’ sale to win the race for the 33-year-old Stoke midfielder’s signature.
It is detailed that Villa are keen to sign the Premier League veteran this summer as Steve Bruce looks to build a team capable of winning promotion from the Championship.
However, Derby are also known for spending big money in England’s second tier and the sales of Hughes and Tom Ince, who could move to Huddersfield for £10million would provide them with more freedom to splash out this summer.
Aston Villa are yet to make any moves this summer after bringing in the likes of James Chester, Mile Jedinak and Tommy Elphick from Premier League clubs last year and they could now lose out on Whelan to Derby, who played in 30 matches in England’s top-flight last season.
Football Insider verdict:
Whelan is not the most gifted footballer around, but he does boast plenty of experience and could become a very valuable asset for Aston Villa both on and off the pitch. When money is not involved and it’s a straight choice between Villa and Derby then a move to Villa Park is the simple decision and therefore Bruce’s team are certainly still within a shout of winning the 81-time capped Republic of Ireland international’s signature. Whelan would be veiwed as a similar signing to Jedinak’s last summer and the Australian has certainly shown himself to be a good piece of business in his year at the club.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Villa are weighing up a move for this 77-time international.