Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has made it clear in no uncertain terms that Alan Hutton will not be leaving Villa Park this summer.
Aston Villa have been extremely active in recent summer transfer windows and with the number of players in the squad currently very large, manager Steve Bruce is looking to offload a few individual surplus to requirements in the coming days.
Aaron Tshibola has already left and Bruce has publicly admitted that the trio of Ross McCormack, Gary Gardner and Tommy Elphick are also free to depart.
Recently, there has been speculation that Alan Hutton could also be sold this summer as he has entered the final year of his contract with the Villans and the likes of Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday have been credited with an interest in the 32-year-old.
However, Bruce has now gone on to address the speculation surrounding Hutton’s future and has categorically denied claims that the veteran full-back is available for a transfer.
Bruce told The Birmingham Mail, “I’ve seen him linked with all sorts this summer – I think I’ve been linked with 100 players and the reality is I’ve bought two, loaned one and got two on a free transfer. All the nonsense… Alan Hutton is fine, no problem.”
Dean Saunders has outrageously claimed that Aston Villa completing the capture of John Terry this summer is bigger than Manchester United’s £75million swoop for Romelu Lukaku.
Aston Villa most certainly managed a huge coup by securing the services of John Terry on a free transfer this summer and many believe that the experienced 36-year-old defender will be the driving force in helping the Villans earn promotion into the Premier League next season.
Fans and pundits alike have all been impressed with the fact that Villa were able to sign Terry this summer and now club legend Dean Saunders has taken the praise to the next level by making an outrageous claim.
Saunders stated that Terry signing for Villa is a bigger deal than Manchester United splashing £75million to acquire Romelu Lukaku from Everton and also added that the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool missed out by failing to land the former England national team captain.
Saunders said: “Forget Lukaku going to Manchester United – Villa signing John Terry on a free is the deal of the summer.
“It’s a bigger signing. It’s the best signing. If I was the manager of any of the top six in the Premier, I would have signed him. For me, that just shows you what must have been said behind the scenes by Steve and the owners to get him.
“John must have thought ‘I’ll have a bit of this. He’s nowhere near finished. If I was Arsene Wenger, I would have signed him.
“I know he wouldn’t have gone there because he didn’t want to play against Chelsea, but you get the point. If I was at Liverpool, I would have taken him. Same thing applies, but that’s how highly I rate him.”
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has revealed that he has made the duo of Ross McCormack and Gary Gardner available for a transfer away this summer.
Aston Villa have been very active in the transfer window over the last two summers and while the Villans have not brought in too many players this time around, the arrival of the likes of John Terry, Chris Samba, Ahmed Elmohamady, Glenn Whelan and Sam Johnstone has certainly increased the wage bill at Villa Park.
Therefore, Villa will have to offload a couple of players this summer in order to balance the books and it is perhaps why the Midlands giants surprisingly decided to allow centre-back Nathan Baker to leave for Bristol City recently.
Now manager Steve Bruce has gone on to speak about the other players who look primed to leave Villa and has admitted that he has left the door open for the duo of Ross McCormack and Gary Gardner to depart from the club in the coming days.
Bruce said regarding the futures of McCormack and Gardner at Villa Park, “There’s been an enquiry (for McCormack). I don’t know.
“There’s been enquiries from a couple of clubs, that might happen in the next week or so, we’ll wait and see. I didn’t take him to Germany. I left the door open for him. He is training well but at the moment I can’t guarantee him a game.
“That goes for Gary Gardner and one or two other ones where basically we have too many. To be fair to them lads too I didn’t think it was right to take them to Germany if I was not going to use them.”
According to reports from the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are plotting a move to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Danny Batth.
Danny Batth has been a crucial player for Wolverhampton Wanderers for a good number of seasons now and he is currently considered as one of the most solid defenders in the English Championship.
Despite his strong reputation though, Batth’s long term future at Wolves has been put into doubt due to the fact that Wolves have gone through a massive spending spree this summer, which includes the signings of Willy Boly and Roderick Miranda.
The arrival of Boly and Miranda has put Batth’s place in the first team under risk and according to reports from the Daily Mail, a number of clubs are currently considering a move for the 26-year-old.
Aston Villa have been mentioned as one of the clubs interested in signing Batth and he would be a very good acquisition for the Villans.
While manager Steve Bruce has brought in John Terry and Chris Samba this summer, Nathan Baker has departed while Tommy Elphick is also expected to leave and as a result, Batth would be a very good acquisition.
According to reports from the Northern Echo, Aston Villa have set an asking price of around £8million for Ross McCormack.
It goes without saying that the £12million signing of Ross McCormack has proven to be an unmitigated disaster for Aston Villa and the Midlands club are now very keen on offloading the 30-year-old this summer.
Sunderland have consistently been linked with a move for McCormack in recent times but are said to be only willing to sign the Scottish international on a loan basis.
However, Villa are not interested in allowing McCormack to leave on another loan spell and are intent on offloading the controversial striker permanently.
Now in revelations from the Northern Echo, claims have been made that Villa will only sell McCormack for a fee of around £8million as they look to recoup as much money as possible from the flop’s sale.
McCormack is a top striker on his day but considering his struggles last season as well as his advancing years, Villa could well struggle to sell him for anything close to their asking price of around £8million.
According to reports carried out by Football Fan Cast, Aston Villa are shock favourites to secure the services of Peter Crouch from Stoke City.
It is clear that Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has been looking to add experience into his squad this summer and the signings of John Terry, Ahmed Elmohamady, Chris Samba and Glenn Whelan serve to testify this fact.
Bruce clearly feels that the knowhow of such veterans will be crucial to helping Villa earn promotion into the Premier League next season and now in another report linking the Villans to an experienced player, claims have been made that the Championship outfit are currently considering a move for Stoke City star Peter Crouch.
Crouch is 36 at the moment but he produced the goods for Stoke last season, scoring 10 goals in 29 appearances and it is clear to see that the ex-England international still knows his way to goal.
Perhaps as a result, Bruce is said to be keen on signing Crouch, especially with Ross McCormack set to leave and Jonathan Kodjia injured at the moment, and Football Fan Cast state that Villa are currently strong favourites to sign the player who played from them between 2001 and 2004.
According to reports from the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are currently open to listening to offers for midfielder Gary Gardner.
Having brought in five new players to the club this summer, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is now looking to balance the books by offloading a couple of squad members and somewhat surprisingly, the 56-year-old allowed defender Nathan Baker to leave for Bristol City.
Baker is believed to have joined Bristol for a fee of around £4million and in addition to the defender, the likes of Tommy Elphick, Ross McCormack and Aly Cissokho are also expected to be leaving soon.
Another name touted for a departure from Villa is youth product Gary Gardner and it is claimed that Nottingham Forest are interested in acquiring the services of the 25-year-old on a permanent basis this time around.
In an update to the story, the Birmingham Mail have now confirmed that Bruce is open to listening to offers for Gardner and sadly the 25-year-old’s time with his boyhood club is set to come to an end imminently.
Derby County manager Gary Rowett has denied claims that he is interested in acquiring the services of Aston Villa outcast Ross McCormack.
Ross McCormack’s signing for £12million last summer has proven to be an unmitigated disaster for Aston Villa and the Midlands side are clearly looking to cut their losses on the striker by allowing him to leave this summer.
As a clear indication of McCormack being surplus to requirements, Villa boss Steve Bruce recently omitted the 30-year-old from the club’s pre-season tour of Germany and the ex-Fulham man is more than welcome to leave Villa Park at the moment.
A number of Championship clubs are interested in signing McCormack this summer despite his struggles at Villa and reports had claimed that Derby County were keen on acquiring the prolific attacker, especially after losing Thomas Ince to Huddersfield Town.
To quash such rumors though, Derby manager Gary Rowett has gone on to claim that he is not at all interested in signing McCormack and is instead looking at other options.
The 43-year-old told the Derby Telegraph, “Ross is not one on our list at the moment. I think you get those scenarios now where if there is interest in a player, then agents and teams want to stoke that interest up a little bit to create a little bit of a market and some competition.
“I think Ross is a fantastic player when you get him on form. He scores goals, as we saw at Fulham a couple of seasons ago, but at the moment, he’s not imminently a target for us.”
According to the Daily Mirror, Aston Villa are struggling to get rid of Ross McCormack due to his bad boy image.
Aston Villa splashed as much as £12million to acquire the services of the prolific Ross McCormack last summer but rather than helping the Villans earn promotion into the Premier League, the striker has proven to be a huge headache more than anything else.
McCormack only scored 3 league goals for Villa last season and eventually went on to fall out with manager Steve Bruce due to his poor fitness as well as attitude, with the 30-year-old even missing training on one occasion by claiming that the electric gates at his home were broken last January.
Bruce clearly seems to have had enough of McCormack’s antics and has made it clear that the ex-Fulham star is surplus to requirements at the club by leaving him out of the pre-season tour of Germany.
The likes of Sunderland and Fulham have been touted to make a move for McCormack but a transfer has not come into fruition as of yet and Villa are said to be struggling to offload the Scottish international as his bad-boy image is putting off interested parties from acquiring his signature.