'Benteke will save us' - Aston Villa fans react on Twitter to Xia's transfer update
By Abigail Withey
Aston Villa fans have speculated over the meaning of Tony Xia’s Twitter message on Tuesday after he hinted that there was another transfer arrival in the pipeline.
The Villa owner revealed on his personal Twitter account that the club had been in talks for a week with a player, and confirmed that an announcement would be made soon.
Xia said that the player in question would potentially be their last signing of the transfer window, and stated: “We’ve been discussing with maybe the last in this window for one week. Hopefully it’ll be right decision” which was signed off with a megaphone and an arrow saying “soon”.
We've been discussing with maybe the last in this window for one week. Hopefully it'll be right decision. ????????#UTV
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 22, 2017
Fans instantly jumped to conclusions and began speculating who their new signing could be, with an overwhelming majority of supporters predicting it to be Robert Snodgrass, while others hoped for a reunion with Christian Benteke.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
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If its Snodgrass Tony, outstanding business in my opinion. Most of us understand FFP (you've done your best, that will do for me) #UTV
— Roger. W (@RogW38) August 22, 2017
Snodgrass good player but Benteke would get us promoted and finish top scorer of the championship. Go get him Doc
— gAV ???????? (@GavPot79) August 22, 2017
Just me who's going to be underwhelmed if it's Snodgrass then?
— Chris (@DagAVFC333) August 22, 2017
Hope it's a striker Tony pic.twitter.com/IoJpcxtSbK
— andy aston (@andyast1976) August 22, 2017
Benteke will save us and take us back to where we belong , he also look miserable and needs to come home to VP…..
— Tony Bird (@torturedsole) August 22, 2017
Come on Tony make this a big un we can't stay in this league another year hope it's a decent midfielder
— ian waterson (@parni40) August 22, 2017
Villa have been strongly linked with signing West Ham flop Snodgrass, and the Birmingham Mail has recently reported that the club are hopeful of securing the former Hull City star in a loan deal.
Snodgrass moved to the London Stadium just seven months ago, but failed to impress and replicate his goal-scoring talent which he displayed at his former club.
Villa have already had a productive transfer window after the club secured John Terry, Ahmed Elmohamady and Glenn Whelan on a permanent basis while the Championship side also signed Premier League duo Sam Johnstone and Josh Onomah in loan deals.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have all but agreed the terms of a £45,000-a-week striker transfer.