Report: Aston Villa can't afford free agent Robert Huth

Robert Huth of Leicester City looks on during the Premier League 2 match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Holmes Park on January 3, 2018 in Leicester, England.

Aston Villa are reportedly keen on signing Robert Huth.

Robert Huth of Leicester City looks on during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Peterborough United and Leicester City at ABAX Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Peterborough,...

According to a report in the Mirror (live transfer thread, June 29 at 18:23), Aston Villa have been unable to conclude a deal for free agent Robert Huth due to their financial mess.

The report claims that manager Steve Bruce has identified free agent Huth as a target this summer, but due to the club’s financial woes, they currently can’t afford to finalise a deal for him.

The Villans are seemingly in financial ruins at the moment after their gamble to reach the Premier League failed with a 1-0 Championship playoff final defeat to Fulham last month.

Robert Huth of Leicester City and Danny Simpson of Leicester City speak prior to the Premier League match between Leicester City and Watford at The King Power Stadium on May 6, 2017 in...

Villa had spent big both in terms of transfer fees and wages in their attempt to return to the top-flight but missing out coupled with the decrease in parachute payments now leaves them in a predicament.

Chinese owner Dr Tony Xia seemingly has his funds all tied up, and so far, his calls for new investment has fallen on deaf ears with nobody seemingly willing to take on the financially straddled club.

Manager Steve Bruce is fully aware that he needs to sell players to balance the books, but that hasn’t stopped him from targeting potential incomers with former Leicester City man Huth an option.

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal is tackled by Robert Huth of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on April 26, 2017 in London,...

The German centre-back has bags of experience and a Premier League title with the Foxes, and he may see a season in the Championship as an ideal end to what has been a successful career.

But the report in the Mirror claims Villa can’t afford him, even if the defender is willing to take a big pay-cut at Villa Park, leaving Bruce in an even more difficult position with the beginning of pre-season just around the corner.

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