Sport Villa Have Bid Accepted For Championship Ace

22:35  11 january  2017
22:35  11 january  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Key Midfielder Could Be Allowed To Leave The Club

  Key Midfielder Could Be Allowed To Leave The Club A shock report in The Mirror on Wednesday claimed that Villa could allow key central midfielder, Mile Jedinak, to leave the club this month. The Australian international only joined Villa last summer, and since then he has become a regular in the side under both Di Matteo and Steve Bruce. If anything, the 32-year-old has become more important to the side since Bruce took over, emphasised by the fact that last Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City is the only league fixture that he has not started since Bruce arrived. However, despite his regular starts, a report from The Mirror on Wednesday evening included a line that claimed that Jedinak could be allowed to leave Villa Park this month as Bruce is looking to free up space for a January overhaul. Given the fact that Villa are extremely light when it comes down to experienced and talented center-midfielder, it would be very surprising if Villa were to sell their key man in the middle of the park.

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According to the Express, Villa have had a £3 million bid accepted for Nottingham Forest’s goalscoring midfielder Henri Lansbury.

Lansbury, who has scored 6 goals this season, will reportedly undergo a medical at Villa Park in the coming days and it is hoped that the deal will be complete before the weekend – although he probably won’t play any part in the match against Wolves on Saturday evening.

Talks had recently hit a bit of a stumbling block as Nottingham Forest are set to change ownership within the coming week with American John Jay Moore taking over. It had even been mentioned that no deal would be talked about until the takeover has been completed, but it seems that Moore has realised that he cannot afford to let Lansbury stay at the club and run out his contract which expires in the summer.

Lansbury would be a great signing for Villa as they are extremely light in the midfield at the moment, and £3 million for someone of Lansbury’s quality and Championship experience represents a very good piece of business.

Influential Striker Could Return Earlier Than Expected .
Aston Villa could have influential striker Jonathan Kodjia back a lot earlier than expected. The Ivorian is currently playing for the Ivory Coast at this year’s African Cup of Nations, but the Elephants, who are defending champions, are not doing as well as everyone had expected. Having drawn their opening two games against Togo and DR Congo, the Ivory Coast need to win their final game against Morocco, who currently sit second in the group, if they are to have any chance of going through to the knockout stages. The Elephants got out of the group stage in 2015 with 2 draws and a win, so they cannot be discounted just yet, but if they fail to pick up all three points it will be an early flight home from the tournament. A loss against Morocco, although it sounds harsh, would be great new for Villa fans as it would mean that the only true goalscorer Villa have at the moment will be returning to club action a lot earlier than expected. Kodjia himself has had an indifferent tournament. He started in the opening 0-0 draw with Togo, and was subbed after 82 minutes. In the 2-2 draw against DR Congo, he was on the bench and never got any game time. Villa fans will be hoping that he sits out the third and final group game as well so that he avoids any potential injury, Morocco go on to win, and Kodjia gets himself an early flight back to Birmingham.

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