Sport Villa interested in Adam Clayton

15:47  11 january  2018
15:47  11 january  2018 Source:   Read Sport

Interest in Alan Hutton is gathering pace

  Interest in Alan Hutton is gathering pace Aston Villa right back Alan Hutton is out of contract at Villa Park in the summer and interest in his services is building. The Birmingham Mail reports that newly appointed Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis is interested in a potential move for the player nicknamed the “Scottish Cafu” by the Villa faithful. They have also reported that Scottish side Aberdeen are also interested. Hutton has been at Villa for over six seasons. He has made over 150 appearances as well as having three loan spells away from Villa park at Nottingham Forrest, Bolton and Spanish side Mallorca. Hutton has been in and out of the Villa squad under different Villa managers but, since the appointment of Steve Bruce, he has become an integral member of the squad. He has been mostly deployed at right back but has successfully filled in at left back when he has been called upon. Hutton split opinions amongst the Villa faithful over the past few seasons but his recent performances have seen many fans join the Hutton fan club. There is a lot of competition for places at right back in this current Villa side with Alan Hutton, Ahmed Elmohamady, Ritchie De Laet and James Bree all fighting for a first team place. If the rumours of Hutton leaving Villa are true, it would make sense for the club to try and offload him in January where they can still command a fee for him. With Aston Villa being blessed with great depth at right back they wouldn’t necessarily need to bring in a direct replacement for him which could see him used to free up funds for investment elsewhere on the pitch.

Original source for all things #avfc - including transfer gossip, quotes, stats, live match coverage and more. [source]. Villa Park, Birmingham. Surely Clayton is more of a holding midfielder? Do we really want somebody who can't get in the Boro line up?

Leeds United and Aston Villa are both said to be interested in signing Adam Clayton . Clayton could be made available by Middlesbrough, as he has struggled for game time so far this season.

It has been reported in the The Birmingham Mail that Villa are interested in signing Middlesborough midfielder Adam Clayton.

Villa will face competition to gain the midfielders signature with Leeds, Cardiff and Forest all reportedly interested in bringing the midfielder in to achieve their pre-season goals.

Forest may have the upper hand in the competition to sign the midfielder, with his former boss Aitor Karanka recently being appointed manger after the dismissal of Mark Warburton. It is reported that the Spaniard would like a reunion with Clayton who was an important piece in the Middlesborough side that achieved promotion during his reign.

Villa keeping an eye on young Belgian midfielder

  Villa keeping an eye on young Belgian midfielder According to a report in the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are keeping a close eye on Chievo Verona midfielder Samuel Bastien. The 21-year-old moved to the Serie A from Anderlecht back in 2016, and he has put in some impressive performances this season that have attracted plenty of admirers. Bastien, who has played four times for Belgium’s U21 international team, has been tipped for a very bright future. He would definitely be a welcomed addition to the Villa squad, but Bruce is hindered by Financial Fair Play regulations at the moment, so freeing up the necessary funds to finance a move for the talented midfielder will be a bit of an issue. The only way a move could happen is if there are one or two notable departure from Villa Park this month, but Bruce has already made it abundantly clear that his better players will be going nowhere this month. If Aston Villa were to make a move, they would face stiff competition from Premier League sides Bournemouth and Huddersfield, who are also reportedly very interested.

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Leeds may also be able to sway Clayton as he spent two seasons on loan at Elland Road and manager Thomas Christiansen may use this to his advantage. However, the bookies have tipped Cardiff as the favourites to sign Clayton as Neil Warnock looks to bolster his promotion chasing Bluebirds.

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Clayton had been somewhat exiled at Middlesborough during Gary Monk’s brief spell as manager this season but the appointment of Tony Pulis as the new Boro boss could see him brought back into the first team frame. Villa are said to be monitoring this situation but may need to sell a player to free up the funds if they are to make a move to sign Clayton permanently due to Financial Fair Play regulations.

Can Scott Hogan be Villa's goalscoring solution?

  Can Scott Hogan be Villa's goalscoring solution? Scott Hogan signed for Villa in January 2017 for around £9.5 million and has struggled to hit the goalscoring hight’s that he hit during his time at Brentford, since swapping Griffin Park for Villa Park. Hogan scored 21 league goals in 33 appearances for Brentford and his scintillating form had Premier League suitors West Ham sniffing around, but since he made his move to Villa he hasn’t come close to a return of that level. The striker has had a rough start to life at Villa, suffering from a malleolar injury in February that kept him out until the middle of July as well as picking up a few other knocks. To add insult to those injuries when Hogan has been fit and playing he hasn’t fit into the system that Bruce has deployed in his Villa team. Hogan could be the answer to Villa’s striker problems this season if he was used correctly. He showed at Brentford that if he is given good service he will score. Instead of lumping the ball up long Villa could play it along the ground and play the ball to Hogan’s feet or in behind the defence for him to run onto. Villa have shown they can play effectively this way with Hogan in the side in their 5-0 new years day destruction of Bristol City. Steve Bruce believes that the reasons for Hogan’s goalscoring woes are due to the expectations of playing for a bigger club.

Aston Villa face new competition for rumoured target Adam Clayton - in the shape of his former manager, according to reports. It’s believed SPL side Aberdeen are also interested in the experienced defender.

The hunt for Adam Clayton is very much on. It is understood that both Sheffield clubs are interested , as are promotion chasing trio Cardiff City, Aston Villa and Derby County.

Villa already have a vast amount of players in Clayton’s position – the likes of Mile Jedinak, Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane, Henri Lansbury, Birkir Bjarnason and Spurs loanee Josh Onomah. Clayton’s addition to this Villa side would most likely see the departure of at least one of these players and if not, significantly reduced game time for Villa’s current midfielders.

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However, Clayton’s addition to the squad would provide more promotion experience to help Villa achieve their goals of regaining their place in the Premier League. With Villa also rumoured to be looking at a possible loan move for versatile Leicester City midfielder Daniel Amartey, it looks like Bruce is keen to bring in some midfield reinforcements.

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Aston Villa awaiting response in Tuanzebe chase .
Aston Villa are yet to hear back from Manchester United following their attempts to sign Axel Tuanzebe on loan, according to the Mirror. It’s claimed that the Villains want to recruit the promising defender on loan until the end of the season as Steve Bruce’s men aim to push for a strong end to the season. However, United are yet to respond to Villa about their approach and the Championship outfit are said to be growing increasingly concerned that a deal may not be struck. Tuanzebe is held in high esteem at Old Trafford but has not been featuring frequently under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. A loan move away for the defender could lead him to valuable first-team experience. The 20-year-old is a central defender by trade but has also featured at right-back before. Tuanzebe has performed well when called upon in United’s first side and it seems Villa are anxious to recruit him.


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