Aston Villa not getting Toni Leistner has to be treated as a concern

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa gives his team instructions during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside...

Aston Villa were said to be interested in Toni Toni Leistner, but he ended up at Queens Park Rangers.

Berlin´s Toni Leistner reacts after the German Cup DFB Pokal second round football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v 1 FC Union Berlin in Dortmund, western Germany on October 26, 2016.

According to Berliner Kurier, Aston Villa were interested in Union Berlin defender Toni Leistner but he has picked Queens Park Rangers ahead of them.

QPR announced the signing of Leistner today, and that has to be of some concern for Villa, if they were interested in the defender.

QPR have hardly pulled up any trees since dropping down into the Championship, but if they are now outmuscling them for transfer targets, it is hard to see where Villa can turn.

Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

The claret and blues have a very limited budget this summer, with loans and frees transfers likely to be all they can bring in, due to their financial problems.

Villa’s options are, therefore, limited and losing out on potential targets is a blow.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Peterborough United at Villa Park on January 6, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Leistner may have been a bit of an unknown quality in English football, but if QPR are now more appealing to players than Villa then it says a lot about Steve Bruce’s side’s current plight.

And this summer looks like it could be massive challenge, as Villa look to somehow attract talent to the club, despite the current uncertainty.

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