Report: Aston Villa eyeing up forward duo, one plays in the Premier League
By Harvey Byrne
Aston Villa are eyeing up forward duo Robert Snodgrass and Jordan Rhodes, according to a report.
The Daily Mail have claimed on their website that the Midlands giants are keen on bringing in Snodgrass from Premier League outfit West Ham this summer.
Meanwhile, the are said to be among a number of clubs to “hold an interest” in Rhodes, who is currently plying his trade at Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
Both players only moved to their respective clubs in January with Snodgrass, 29, moving to the Hammers for a massive £10.2million from Hull, while Rhodes, 27, moved to the Owls on an initial loan deal before joining permanently in July.
Aston Villa themselves have shown in recent windows that they are not shy in splashing the cash, but it is said that they would have to take Snodgrass on loan at first with a view to a permanent deal in order to avoid financial fair play implications.
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Manager Steve Bruce has shown that he is seeking experience this summer with the additions of each of Glenn Whelan, Ahmed Elmohamady, John Terry and Christopher Samba and there aren’t many better and more experienced in the Championship than Snodgrass or Rhodes. The Scottish pair have made 312 appearances in total in the English second tier and both have proven themselves to be able to play for the top clubs in the league. Aston Villa could certainly sign a lot worse than the duo and if they are available then they could be huge in helping the club win promotion this season.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, an international defender has spoken of Villa’s interest.