Aston Villa latest: Including Tom Ince and possible defensive signings

Tom Ince

A round up of the latest news and transfer stories about Aston Villa.

Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince is being linked with a Premier League move to Aston Villa. Ince has been strongly linked with a return to former club Liverpool but the latest reports suggest Villa and Everton are toying with the idea of making £8-10 million offers for the player.

Ince could be one of numerous additions that could still be made to the squad ahead of the transfer deadline this Monday. Manager Paul Lambert has admitted that he never stops looking for new players and ways to improve the squad he already has at the club.

A possible loan signing for the club could be FC Porto star Abdoulaye Ba. The 22-year-old is thought to be firmly on the radar of the club although reports suggest that Southampton are also keen on adding the player to their squad for the rest of the season.

Another possible defensive signing could be Ipswich Town youngster Aaron Creswell. Reports this week have suggested that Villa could be interested although Cardiff City, Newcastle United and West Ham United have also been mentioned as possible courters of the 23-year-old.

In terms of players who could leave the club ahead of the transfer window closing, the boss has indicated that it’s up to other sides to force the issue. Players such as Stephen Ireland and Shay Given are available but Lambert has said sides that want them need to come to Aston villa rather than the club moving them on.

In news directly linked to the football, Paul Lambert has praised his side for their professional 3-0 win over Rotherham in the League Cup this week.

“Some of the football was excellent. The third goal - the one-touch football was brilliant. Cup football is a difficult thing because you can play against a small team and they are a totally different animal to what you are used to playing in the league,” said the Scot.

It’s a competition which has left bad scars on the memories of key players following defeat to lower league side Bradford City in the competition last season.

“I was massively disappointed to lose in the semi-final with a draw which favoured us. We had a great chance to play at Wembley in a major cup final,” said right back Matt Lowton.

In other news, Lambert has sent out a worrying warning to the club’s rivals suggesting star striker Christian Benteke is yet to reach his peak form despite an impressive start to the season.

“I think he can do a lot better than he's performing at the moment. Although he's scoring, there's a lot more to come from him performance-wise,” said the manager.

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