Reliable journalist: Aston Villa given emphatic answer on sale of Premier League duo
By Amir Mir
Hull City will never sell midfield duo Jake Livermore and Sam Clucas to Aston Villa and their former manager Steve Bruce, according to a reliable journalist.
There have been suggestions of Villa swooping for the Tigers pair.
But BBC Midlands correspondent Pat Murphy has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Hull owner Assem Allam “simply wouldn’t sell to a Steve Bruce club”.
— Pat Murphy (@patmurphybbc) January 12, 2017
Former Manchester United defender Bruce left Hull during the summer despite helping them earn promotion from the second division.
He then took a short break from the game before being offered the Villa job in mid-October after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.
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Midfield duo Livermore and Clucas have been regular features for the Yorkshire club this season in the top tier.
Former Tottenham man Livermore has played 20 league games where he has scored one goal and supplied one assist – nine of those games have been at centre-back.
By contrast, left-sided midfielder Clucas has made 22 appearances in all competitions playing in various positions from defensive midfield to left wing.
Football Insider verdict:
The club should not bother pursuing the duo because both Jake Livermore or Sam Clucas don’t fit the midfield bill Villa require. Purchasing either player could result in manager Steve Bruce having the same type of midfielders at the club, something which would then become a problem as he is trying to add creativity into the midfield. Moreover, the owner of the Premier League side will be too stubborn to sell which would make negotiations even tougher. Villa should concentrate on pursuing deals for potential targets such as Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourahine – both would be a better fit than Livermore or Clucas, despite playing in a lower division.
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