What happened to the players linked with Aston Villa last summer?

Ivica Olic celebrates after scoring against FC Carl Zeiss Jena

We take a look at the players linked with Aston Villa during last year's summer transfer window.

With the summer transfer window fast approach, let’s take this opportunity to catch up with the players linked to Aston Villa last summer.

Roberto Di Matteo’s side were rumoured to be interested in a number of strikers before Jonathan Kodija signed on the dotted line

Fresh from his European Champions displays, Ivica Olic was looking for a new club after ending one-year stint at Hamburger. Despite links from German outlet Bild to Villa, Olic would stay in German football with 1860 Munich. He went on to score five goals in 30 league games for the second tier side.

Villa were said to be chasing the signatures of Premier League duo Abel Hernandez (via the Daily Mail) and Patrick Bamford (via the Express).

Both strikers did not move to the West Midlands and ended up suffering relegation with their respective sides. Hernandez scored four goals for Marco Silva’s Hull, including a brace in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

Bamford, who joined Middlesbrough from Chelsea, netted one league goal as Middlesbrough made an immediate return to the Championship.

Amadou Diawara may have been the most high-profile forward to interest Villa, according to The Sun, last summer. The 19-year-old opted for a move to Napoli but is still awaiting his first goal for the club after 27 appearances.

The likes of Robbie Brady (via The Sun), Aron Gunnarsson (via The Sun) and DeAndre Yedlin (via The Telegraph) also appeared on Villa’s rumour mill last summer.

Brady had to wait until January before he got a Premier League move to Burnley. The Republic of Ireland international has only been on the winning side once for the Clarets.

Icelandic midfielder Gunnarsson stayed at Cardiff City for a sixth year, racking up over 230 appearances for the Bluebirds. Meanwhile, DeAndre Yedlin signed for Newcastle United and went on to feature 27 times in their title winning campaign.

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