Former England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has suggested that Aston Villa's chances of signing another talented forward, will be affected if they complete a move for Emmanuel Adebayor.
Former England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT that he feels Aston Villa won’t pursue a move for QPR forward Charlie Austin, if the club close out a deal for Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood appears to be a very busy man in terms of replacing Christian Benteke following the Belgian’s move to Liverpool, with Adebayor looking the most likely option in terms of a striker coming in.
Sky Sports has reported that a deal between Tottenham and Aston Villa is close, which could have repercussions if reports of Villa’s interest in Austin, as covered by the Daily Star, are accurate.
“I think he’d suit them greatly but they’re talking about loaning Adebayor and if they get him then do they really want Austin?” he told talkSPORT.
Why is Sherwood intent on Adebayor?
Other than the fact Sherwood and the Tottenham man had a good relationship when they worked together at White Hart Lane, he is more of a like-for-like replacement in terms of Benteke than Austin.
Austin is a strong player but he is different to Benteke and Sherwood appears to be keen in terms of giving himself a similar option up front in terms of someone who can get stuck into a defence, making life very difficult for them.
Could Villa still sign Austin?
It’s possible for all the time he’s still a QPR forward.
Until another side poaches him from the Championship team, it’s possible for Villa to get a deal done but whether Austin is suited to the direction Sherwood wants to take the attack in, is doubtful.