Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has reportedly decided that he doesn’t want to sell the club to any American investors, according to the Daily Mirror, and that surely kills off any hope the claret and blues had of getting Sam Johnstone.
American investors had reportedly shown an interest in Villa, and a quick sale could have helped to solve the club’s financial problems, and put them back in the race for Johnstone.
However, Xia is reportedly refusing to sell Villa to Americans, which means he is set to stay in charge for the time being.
With Xia at the helm, Villa’s financial future looks bleak - with Steve Bruce’s side having little money to invest.
They are now powerless to resist, with West Bromwich Albion seemingly closing in on Johnstone.
If Villa had made progress in selling the club, they may have stood some chance of convincing Johnstone to wait around for them.
But with their future so uncertain, it seems that Villa will be unable to rival their Midlands rivals in the race to sign the stopper.
Johnstone has spent the last two seasons on loan with Bruce’s side, and he has become a fans’ favourite at Villa Park.
But it appears that Villa will be watching Johnstone in a West Brom shirt next term, with the Baggies closing in on his signature according to the Daily Mirror.