Allan Garde confirms AaB are still trying to secure permanent deal for Nicklas Helenius

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Aston Villa outcast Helenius is wanted in a permanent transfer by AaB.

Helenius spent last season on loan with Aalborg in his homeland of Denmark, and sporting director Allan Garde has told Nordjyske Stiftstidende that he is looking at a permanent deal for him.

He said: “His [loan] contract expires on 1st July, after which he will go back to Aston Villa. Until that time, he's training with us. We are still talking with him about a deal and we're also taking him to Norway [for pre-season training].”

Helenius may be travelling with AaB on their pre-season tour of Norway, but he is expected back at Villa at the beginning of July, even if first-team chances under Tim Sherwood are non-existent.

The Danish international scored 12 goals in 47 games for AaB last term, and regained some of the form that earned him a move from the same club to Villa in the summer of 2013.

Despite impressive form in his homeland, the 24-year-old never managed to impress in the Midlands, and although he has yet to play under Sherwood, or show the head coach what he can do in training, it is unlikely that he will be offered the chance to impress.

The fact that the club are taking him on their pre-season tour implies that they remain confident in securing a permanent deal for Helenius, and with Garde confirming talks are ongoing concerning a move to AaB, it should not be too long before a transfer to Aalborg is done and dusted.

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