Reliable journalist posts Aston Villa quadruple transfer update: One deal advanced and two others alive
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa have missed out on Jeffrey Schlupp but are looking at three other potential signings, according to a reliable journalist.
Birmingham Mail reporter Gregg Evans has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Villa are preparing a £1million bid for Barnsley’s Conor Hourihane as they also track Norwich City winger Robbie Brady.
He also says that Villa are waiting for a response from Nottingham Forest about their captain Henri Lansbury.
#avfc preparing £1m Hourihane bid, waiting for Forest to reply on Lansbury + still tracking Brady. Bruce disappointed not to get Schlupp.
— Gregg Evans (@greggevans40) January 13, 2017
This comes after manager Steve Bruce confirmed on Friday that he missed out on Ghana midfielder Schlupp who has moved to Crystal Palace on a £12million deal from Leicester City.
Here is Bruce expressing his disappointment at missing out on Schlupp as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
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“Schlupp for example we tried but unfortunately the lure of the Premier League and the wages they can offer means we’ve lost out,” said Bruce.
“If you have a chance to play in the Premier League people want to play there and I can understand that. But (Schlupp) is the sort of quality that we’re looking for.”
Villa are looking to bolster their squad as they aim to make up a push into the top six as the Championship season enters a critical stage.
They have already sold striker Rudy Gestede to Middlesbrough for £6million, while Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has come in on loan.
Playmaker Hourihane has been one of the top performers this season for the Tykes, providing 12 assists and scoring five goals in 23 league games.
Former Arsenal man Lansbury has netted six goals for a struggling Forest side this term, while the versatile Brady has scored three goals and supplied four assists.
Football Insider verdict:
Steve Bruce should not be too fussed about missing out on Jeffrey Schlupp simply because of the transfer fee that was needed to get him. But, he must ensure that Conor Hourihane, Henri Lansbury and Robbie Brady are signed up during this January transfer window. The trio will provide Villa with the ingredients they have been missing in the Championship all season long – creativity, flair and steel in the middle of the park. All three would help mould the team from one that has been trying to get into the top six to one that will get into the top six. Not only that, the transfer fees reported would represent real bargains and they won’t have to break the bank to purchase them.
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