Dean Smith’s Premier League hopefuls are looking to raid Chelsea for Olivier Giroud and Stoke City’s Championship goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Aston Villa are interested in signing Jack Butland and Olivier Giroud from Stoke City and Chelsea respectively, according to the Mail, with injuries threatening to wreck their hopes of survival.
The feel-good factor that followed the 2-1 win away at Burnley on New Years Day didn’t last long. Just 48 hours after Dean Smith’s side produced arguably their best performance of the Premier League season, it was confirmed that both Tom Heaton and Wesley Moraes will miss the rest of the campaign through injury.
Wesley had started every one of Villa’s 21 league games this season while Heaton has been a revelation between the sticks. Both players, therefore, will need to be replaced.
Fortunately, the January transfer window gives Aston Villa a chance to do just that with the Mail reporting that Butland and Giroud have been discussed of late.
The Midland giants had shown an interest in Stoke stopper Butland over the summer, only for a £30 million valuation to scupper a deal (Mirror).
A few months on, signing the England international would look like a major risk given how many mistakes he has made for the Championship strugglers this season. It has been a miserable campaign for Butland, who looks a shadow of his former self.
Giroud too has endured a difficult few months with the World Cup winner starting just twice in the Premier League under Frank Lampard. But the 33-year-old could prove to be an inspired addition for an Aston Villa side who are crying out for a reliable hitman, particularly if he strikes up an understanding with Jack Grealish like he did with Eden Hazard or Mesut Ozil in London.
Recent reports, from the Express, suggest that the Blues will accept just £5 million for Giroud with his contract expiring in July.