Report details solution to Aston Villa's FFP worries

New Aston Villa owners Nassef Sawiris (r) and Wes Edens look on during a friendly match between Aston Villa and West Ham United at Banks' Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Walsall, England.

Championship outfit Aston Villa will be hoping to earn promotion to the Premier League this season.

Christian Purslow CEO of Aston Villa talks to Jesus García Pitarch sporting director of Aston Villa before the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Aston Villa at Carrow...

Aston Villa are paying Scott Hogan, Micah Richards and Ross McCormack over £1.5m a year as the club could have found a solution to ease their FFP worries, according to a report. 

The Mirror claim that Villa could exploit a development loophole involving controversial trainline HS2 to meet Financial Fair Play rules. 

It is said that the Midlands outfit will fall foul of FFP regulations if they fail to earn promotion as the club's decision-makers have a couple of get-outs to ease their current problems. 

 

Dean Smith's side, who were knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, are currently sitting outside of the play-off places. 

The report details that HS2, which is expected to cut through the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground, has presented Villa with an opportunity to sell off the complex, which would count towards income and can be offset against any losses. 

Following Villa's relegation to the second tier of English football in 2016, they went down the route of adding a number of big-name and big-money signings to their squad to earn promotion back to the promised land.

Ross McCormack of Aston Villa  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 29, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Some of those players included the likes of John Terry, McCormack, Yannick Bolasie, Hogan and Robert Snodgrass - some are either still at the club or have left. 

The report claims that senior trio Hogan, Richards and McCormack are being paid over £1.5 million a year to sit on the sidelines. 

Hogan is yet to start a Championship game this season, while Richards and McCormack have played less than 30 league games between them since Villa's relegation. 

Scott Hogan of Aston Villa during the FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Swansea City at Villa Park on January 5, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

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