A selection of stories in the media involving Aston Villa in the last 24 hours.
The 32-year old enjoyed a less then fruitful spell at West Ham five years ago. but has since rebuilt his career in Italy and wants a return to Europe following his switch to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande last summer.
The La Masia graduate has interested Liverpool and Stoke City this summer, but the Villans appear to have stolen a march, although it remains unclear whether the deal will be a loan or permanent transfer.
The left-back is deemed surplus to requirements by Tim Sherwood and has also been attracting interest from Lille and Fiorentina, but a move to Portugal now looks imminent.
Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has had his say on which area Villa fall short in, despite a summer of heavy transfer activity.
Predicting Villa’s 2015/16 season in the Daily Telegraph, Smith said:
“Losing Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph raises grave concerns in a side now worryingly short of game-changing talent.”
Finally, Tim Sherwood has asked for patience regarding new signing Jordan Veretout, who he describes as ‘something different’.
Speaking to the club’s official site, Sherwood said:
“We’re really excited about bringing him in. He’s obviously going to take time to settle but he’s going to be in a good place.”
“He’s not the finished article by any means, and nor are the rest of the guys, but they’re willing to develop.”