With five days until the January transfer window closes, Aston Villa are sitting tight after the loan acquisition of Axel Tuanzebe. Here are five names linked with the claret and blue.
Aston Villa is keeping a watchful eye on Aberdeen center back Scott McKenna. McKenna, 21, has the admiration of Steve Bruce, according to the Scottish Sun.
In the same report, the relegation-threatened Hull City had a third bid rejected by Aberdeen for the player – an amount just over £700,000.
Aston Villa may well want the Scotland youth international, but Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has other ideas, however:
"“They came in with another offer on Tuesday which was a bit more again on what they had offered before.“That’s the third offer we have had from Hull and as I have said before we have no interest in selling Scott and he won’t be sold in this window.“We can’t stop clubs making offers and I can totally understand why they would be attracted to him but we are comfortable that he won’t be sold right now.“We want to sell Scott at a time when it suits us and when he is at his maximum potential and he still has a lot to go.“The indications are there as we are delighted with him but hopefully if he does go it will be on the back of 150 games for Aberdeen and the experience of winning trophies and more European games.“That’s not now and I don’t know how many times I have to say that.”"
Similarly, Villa are also keeping tabs on Bosnia and Herzegovina winger, Haris Duljevic. Duljevic, 24, is the highest rated player on Dynamo Dresden, of the 2. Bundesliga, per WhoScored. His three assists from the left wing jointly lead the club in league play. Duljevic recently joined the German club’s ranks in the summer from his native FC Sarajevo. Therefore, it’s unlikely he will move this window, even amid interest from Hamburg.
Aston Villa will likely miss out on Leicester City forward Leonardo Ulloa. The Argentine, instead, looking as though he will re-join with his old club, Brighton & Hove Albion, on England’s south coast. As a like-for-like replacement, Villa are now linked with Republic of Ireland international, David McGoldrick.
The Ipswich Town striker is out of contract in the summer and is said to be available for £500,000.
He would certainly aid in the promotion chase, but tying the player on a permanent, multi-year deal probably is not in Aston Villa’s best interests.
Ademola Lookman has not received as much match time as hoped for under new manager Sam Allardyce. Perhaps Aston Villa could look to loan the pacey winger, to help spell Albert Adomah and Robert Snodgrass on the wings, as well as Scott Hogan up front.