Aston Villa media round-up: Battle for Abdennour intensifies, Lescott deal close

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A selection of stories in the media involving Aston Villa in the last 48 hours.

Newcastle and Aston Villa are locked in a battle for Monaco powerhouse Aymen Abdennour, according to the Sunday Times.

The report claims that Villa are prepared to meet the French club’s £18 million asking price, while the Magpies are reluctant to do so – seemingly paving the way for Tim Sherwood to get his man.

Villa are closing in on a cheaper alternative at centre-back meanwhile, with a £2.5 million deal for Joleon Lescott close to being agreed, as reported by the Daily Star.

The move is thought to be dependent on West Brom strengthening in defence but could be in danger after the collapse of Federico Fazio’s proposed switch from Spurs.

The Sun reports that teenage goalkeeper Jack Ruddy has had a secret trial with Villa ahead of a potential move.

The highly-rated Bury stopper is a former Rangers academy product and joined the League One side last summer after they beat out a number of top clubs for his signature.

Ciaran Clark has heaped praise on Villa new boy Adama Traore, calling the La Masia graduate ‘a defender’s worst nightmare’ in an interview with AVTV.

“Adama came on and did fantastic for the goal. It’s a defender’s worst nightmare, having someone come on with that much pace running at you,” said the Irishman.

“He caused a lot of problems and hopefully there’ll be more of those times ahead.”

Finally, Tim Sherwood has spoken of the need to shift some players before further recruits are brought in, in quotes published by the Birmingham Mail.

“We will add, if there’s any money and if we can find someone who is better,” he said.

“We maybe need to generate some money, though.

“I think we’ve done well. The chairman has backed us and has given us an opportunity to build a squad for the future so we’ll see.”

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