Bruce confirms Aston Villa interest in top-flight attacker after reported advanced talks
By Danny Wright
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has declared his interest in West Ham attacker Robert Snodgrass.
Keith Downie, a Sky Sports journalist, reported on Wednesday that Snodgrass, 29, is in advanced talks with the Villains ahead of leaving the London Stadium just months after he was signed there for £10million from Bruce’s former club Hull.
Now, the Villa manager has made it clear that he is looking to reunite with the Scottish winger before the transfer window slams shut next week.
“Snoddy is somebody I’ve known for a long time – I bought him for Hull – so that’s something we’re looking into and exploring,” said Bruce, as quoted by the Daily Record in their live transfer blog on Thursday [12:22pm].
The Daily Record reports that Snodgrass has been told that he is surplus to requirements at the London Stadium in the wake of Marko Arnautovic’s arrival from Stoke earlier this summer.
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The Scotland international has not featured in any of the Hammers’ opening top-flight fixtures this season while last term he played 15 times and failed to score a single goal despite firing on all cylinders for Hull before his winter transfer.
Football Insider Verdict
Snodgrass has had a very poor half-season with West Ham but it’s very harsh that Slaven Bilic can be so fickle to try and discard of him already. He has a brilliant start to last term with Hull and maybe after having a bit of time to settle down it would have seen his form improve. Either way, West Ham’s loss is Villa’s gain and Snodgrass would be a top signing for any team in the Championship. The Scot will give them exactly what they need while Jack Grealish is injured and will also be a good influence on young star Andre Green. who hopefully won’t see his game-time diminish if Snodgrass comes in.
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