Aston Villa Transfers

The Latest Aston Villa FC Transfer News, Stories and Updates have been added below for 2017 – 2018

  • Sat, 01 Sep 2018 18:12:00 +0000: Sheffield United’s Jack O’Connell sparks rout of stumbling Aston Villa - Aston Villa | The Guardian

    It is rare to see a team engrossed, however briefly, in a game of keep-ball to a chorus of olés after a grand total of 27 minutes. But this is a Sheffield United team that has demonstrated, 12 months into Championship life, a penchant for completely ripping up the rulebook. They topped the table by October last year in their first season back in the second tier and such was their first-half dominance over a beleaguered Aston Villa that the stadium announcer greeted added time with the words: “Unfortunately, there are only two minutes left of this.”

    Not that their manager was amused. “I’ll sort that out and I apologise on behalf of Sheffield United,” Chris Wilder said. “There are a couple of clubs in the Championship that talk the talk but don’t walk the walk – and I just want us to be humble.”

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  • Fri, 31 Aug 2018 08:19:28 +0000: Aston Villa appoint former Liverpool chief executive Christian Purslow - Aston Villa | The Guardian
    • Purslow appointed by Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens
    • English businessman worked at Liverpool and Chelsea

    Aston Villa have appointed the former Liverpool chief executive Christian Purslow as their new CEO and “minority investor”.

    Purslow, who joined Liverpool during the tenure of the unpopular owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks in 2009, arrives at Villa Park after the Egyptian businessman Nassef Sawiris and American financier Wes Edens took a controlling stake in the club in July.

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  • Wed, 22 Aug 2018 21:03:39 +0000: Brentford’s scorer stands accused after Villa and Kodjia salvage a late point - Aston Villa | The Guardian

    Aston Villa’s manager, Steve Bruce, has called for action to be taken against Brentford’s two-goal forward Neal Maupay after accusing him of stamping on one of his players in Wednesday night’s draw against Brentford.

    Television footage appeared to show the Bees striker tread on John McGinn after he was felled by Lewis Macleod. The flashpoint came at 1-1 in the 41st minute and he scored again after 82, but Jonathan Kodjia spared Villa’s blushes with a headed equaliser with seconds of injury time remaining.

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    Related: Aston Villa 2-2 Brentford: Football League clockwatch – as it happened

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  • Wed, 22 Aug 2018 21:03:19 +0000: Aston Villa 2-2 Brentford: Football League clockwatch – as it happened - Aston Villa | The Guardian

    Aston Villa and Brentford played out an entertaining draw and Bolton went third, but it was a grim night for Stoke against Wigan

    So what does it all mean? Bolton go third, with goal difference keeping Leeds and Middlesbrough in the top two. Brentford, Aston Villa and Swansea are two points off the automatic promotion spots, with West Brom and Wigan a point below the play-offs. Reading, meanwhile, remain second-bottom despite earning their first point, with only QPR keeping them from propping up the table, and Stoke have slipped into the bottom three after an awful home defeat to Wigan. Gary Rowett is making a right Steve McClaren of things there. Anyway that’s all from me. Thanks for reading. Bye.

    Related: Villa and Kodjia leave it late to salvage a point against Brentford

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    Here are tonight’s results from the Championship:

    Aston Villa 2-2 Brentford

    Blackburn 2-2 Reading

    Bolton 1-0 Birmingham

    “Villa fan here,” David Bertram says. “Can’t help but think playing a centre back at centre back, and a right back at right back may improve things at the back.... Given this and the Ipswich game Bruce must be under some pressure.”

    That’s a bit harsh, isn’t it? They’re fifth after four games.

    Bolton are up to third thanks to Will Buckley’s late goal.

    Loud boos greet the final whistle at the Bet365 Stadium, where Stoke have endured a dismal night. Not that Wigan care. What a win for the Championship new boys! To put it in context, they were already 3-0 up by the time Stoke lost Ashley Williams to a late red.

    It was an engaging game at Villa Park. Brentford will feel aggrieved not to have won given they had two chances to make it 3-1 in the dying stages. They ended up paying for their profligacy, though, and Aston Villa will argue they had enough of the game to deserve the point that Jonathan Kodjia earned them with his second goal in the last minute. Both of these sides look good for a promotion charge.

    Elsewhere it’s Stoke 0-3 Wigan and Bolton 1-0 Bimingham in the 8pm kick-offs.

    Wednesday hold on despite a frantic finish.

    Reading have their first point of the season, although they’ll feel it should have been three given they led 2-0 at half-time. But Paul McShane did his Paul McShane thing, allowing Charlie Mulgrew to score two penalties for the hosts in the second half.

    That’s it!

    With time running out, Kodjia directs a fantastic header past Bentley from Elmohamady’s cross! Villa have got out of jail!

    Norwich left it late, but they’ll take it.

    The Stoke defender picks up a second yellow for a clumsy challenge. He is so bad these days.

    90 min: Villa have five minutes to find an equaliser.

    89 min: Watkins scoots into the area again. To the byline he goes! They can’t handle him. Watkins cuts back and finds Maupay, who takes a touch before seeing Nyland deny him a third. Hourihane blocks Yennaris’s follow-up and needs treatment.

    As it stands, Bolton are going level with Leeds, Middlesbrough and Brentford at the top.

    85 min: Rushian Hepburn-Murphy replaces Glenn Whelan.

    The points belong to Norwich.

    84 min: Brentford go close to sealing it, only for Nyland to push Benhrama’s header on to the post. Meanwhile Conor Hourihane has replaced Axel Tuanzebe.

    Brentford have an attack down the left. Watkins dashes inside, nutmegging Tuanzebe before firing a shot at Nyland. The Villa goalkeeper doesn’t get strong enough hands to the shot and the ball loops to Maupay, who prods into the empty net! He has his second, although Villa will point out the striker should have been off in the first half.

    79 min: Back at Villa Park, Dalsgaard almost takes advantage of some poor defending from Villa on the right, but Jedinak hurtles across to concede a corner, which comes to nothing.

    Norwich have scored with their first shot on target, Pukki angling a left-footed shot home!

    Millwall have given themselves hope at Hillsborough!

    Blackburn trailed 2-0 at half-time. Now they’re level thanks to another penalty from their captain, who’s punished a handball from Paul McShane.

    74 min: Watkins sees his low shot from the right deflected inches past the far post

    72 min: Brentford make their final change, Said Benrahma on for Sergi Canos.

    What on earth is happening to Stoke? The locals are up in arms! This is a shambles!

    71 min: Canos dribbles inside from the left and tees up Yennaris, who sees his low 18-yarder tipped wide by Nyland!

    70 min: Andre Green replaces the frustrating Albert Adomah.

    67 min: Chester slides through Maupay. Yellow card!

    65 min: Adomah breaks down the left. His cross is appalling.

    63 min: Brentford have been completely pinned back. But there’s been a lot of huff and puff from Villa since half-time.

    60 min: Brentford make their second change, Nico Yennaris replacing Josh McEachran.

    59 min: Admoha bursts down the left, reaching the byline, and hooks a cross into the area. Kodja hangs back and cushions a volley goalwards - but it’s straight down Bentley’s throat.

    56 min: Bentley punches McGinn’s corner away.

    55 min: McGinn cuts inside from the right and bends one well over.

    53 min: Brentford deal with a Villa corner, but the visitors are under a lot of physical pressure at Villa Park.

    Tom Lees doubles Wednesday’s lead at Hillsborough.

    Blackburn are back in it!

    49 min: Maupay, who could have gone off in the first half, races on to a long ball and almost forces the ball past Nyland. However the Villa goalkeeper smothers the Brentford striker’s effort.

    46 min: The second half begins at Villa Park, Villa getting us underway. Kamohelo Mokotjo has replaced Lewis Macleod for Brentford.

    Oh dear.

    Nothing doing here.

    Barry Bannan’s fine goal separates the sides.

    Two goals from Bodvarsson have set Reading on their way to their first win of the season.

    A good half comes to a close at Villa Park. Maupay gave the visitors the lead, but Kodja’s hit back for Steve Bruce’s side, who deserve to be level.

    Massey skips past a couple of weak challenges and wallops a low finish through Butland! Wigan are in complete control and the locals aren’t happy!

    It’s goalless at Carrow Road.

    45 min+3: Elmohamady escapes on the right, but his chipped cross is poor.

    Stoke have had all the chances, but Wigan are in front thanks to Grigg’s poaching.

    43 min: Maupay gets away with what looked like an intentional stamp on McGinn. That would have been a red if Jon Moss had seen it. McGinn is furious.

    41 min: Kodjah, with the bit between his teeth, hares after a long ball and tangles with Barbet on the edge of the area. Nothing doing, despite the loud appeals for a foul.

    But not this time! Villa press to win the ball high and Kodjia picks up possession deep on the right. Nothing seems to be on for the striker. He’s in a seemingly harmless position. So there’s nothing to do but roll past Konsa, move into the area and smash a powerful shot past Bentley. What a goal! And it’s been coming.

    38 min: It’s still all Villa. But their final ball’s letting them down.

    36 min: Villa are pressing at the moment. Kodja takes the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the area. He uses his strength to turn and then he batters a shot goalwards, forcing Bentley to parry behind.

    33 min: Watkins earns a booking for a silly trip on Grealish.

    32 min: Grealish twists and turns on the edge of the area, but his curling shot drifts harmlessly wide.

    31 min: Elmohamady races behind on the right, but his shot’s deflected over.

    28 min: A corner to Brentford on the right. It’s hung to the far post, where Maupay’s completely unmarked. His header’s blocked on the line and goes behind for another corner. Villa deal with this one, but the home fans are getting increasingly irritable.

    27 min: Grealish drifts a cross into the middle. Bentley holds this one.

    Reading aren’t playing like they’ve lost their first three games. Bodvarsson scores his second of the night after reacting first to reach a rebound after a fine save from Raya.

    Brentford probe down the right. Canos hangs a cross to the far post. Watkins nods it down to Maupay, who bashes an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from six yards! The visitors lead against the run of play!

    21 min: Macleod shoots over from 18 yards.

    19 min: Tuanzebe sends a bouncing ball into the middle from the right. Adomah’s run across Bentley confuses the Brentford goalkeeper, causing him to make his second mistake of the night. The ball squirms to Grealish, who dodges past a challenge to make space for a shot, but Bentley redeems himself by blocking the midfielder’s effort from close range. Corner to Villa. It’s cleared as far as Whelan, who shoots powerfully at Bentley.

    The little Scottish midfielder gives the hosts the lead with a lovely goal.

    16 min: Kodja picks up a booking for a foul on Konsa. It’s a really poor tackle from the Villa player, high and ugly. Konsa, the promising centre-back, needs some treatment. He leaves the pitch before walking back on a little gingerly.

    Hi @JacobSteinberg Surely it would Seve Brucelsa? Unless his mum was an itinerant student backpacker on her gap year when she fell in love with a local gaucho and she wanted to name the baby after her own dad. Or something .

    15 min: Grealish goes on a foray through the middle, wriggling past a couple of challenges. Eventually, 25 yards from goal, he decides he might as well have a shot. It’s a decent effort, but Bentley dives to his right to save.

    13 min: A corner to Villa on the right. McGinn whips it to the far post and Bentley claws the ball away.

    A horrible defensive mix-up from Blackburn gifts a simple goal to Bodvarsson! Reading, winless so far, lead at Ewood Park.

    11 min: Brentford probe down the left. Maupay, so clever, faces up Chester and brilliantly nutmegs the Villa centre-back. He’s through here! Until Tuanzebe muscles him off the ball, that is. Just in time from Villa’s perspective. But there’s the threat from Brentford.

    8 min: Villa are dominating possession at the moment. Other than that Watkins surge, Brentford haven’t offered much yet.

    6 min: A free-kick to Villa on the right, Tuanzebe winning it. Grealish swings it in and it looks an easy claim for Bentley. Under little pressure, though, the goalkeeper falls and spills the ball! Brentford manage to scramble the ball behind. Sort of. Dalsgaard, attempting to mop up, forgets which way he’s playing and almost boots the loose ball into the top corner! Fortunately for the Brentford right-back, the ball hits Watkins and spins behind for a corner! That comes to nothing. What a farce.

    4 min: Brentford respond, the exciting Watkins running at Tuanzebe on the left and beating the right-back with ease. His low ball’s cleared in the six-yard box, though.

    2 min: Villa are on the front foot immediately, Adomah combining with the surging McGinn, who has a sight of goal. Mepham comes across to force the sliding midfielder to prod a spinning shot inches over, the ball skimming the roof of the net as it goes behind.

    Peep! Brentford, kicking from right to left, get the game underway. There’s a fine atmosphere at Villa Park.

    Here come the teams! “Berahino used to score goals once in a while and things were mostly okay but things have been pretty terrible since he stopped scoring,” JR in Illinois says. “Just after his last goal in 2016 (that goal for the under 23s in 2017 doesn’t count) we had the Brexit referendum, the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, and the implausible and disastrous U.S. presidential election. Perhaps if he starts scoring again things will turn around? I’ll root for him just in case.”

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    Stoke v Wigan teams

    Stoke: Butland, Edwards, Shawcross, Williams, Pieters, Ince, Fletcher, Allen, McClean, Berahino, Afobe.

    Bolton v Birmingham teams

    Bolton: Alnwick, Olkowski, Wheater, Beevers, Taylor; Lowe, O’Neil, Noone, Oztumer, Wildschut, Magennis.

    Norwich v Preston teams

    Norwich: Krul, Pinto, Hanley, Klose, Lewis, Tettey, Marshall, Leitner, Pukki, Hernandez, Rhodes.

    Aston Villa v Brentford teams

    Aston Villa: Nyland, Tuanzebe, Chester, Jedinak, Hutton, Elmohamady, McGinn, Whelan, Adomah, Grealish, Kodjia.

    Blackburn v Reading teams

    Blackburn: Raya, Nyambe, Smallwood, Armstrong, Rothwell, Graham, Mulgrew, Bell, Lenihan, Evans, Bennett.

    Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall teams

    Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Palmer, Pelupesssy, Fletcher, Bannan, Thorniley, Lees, Matias, Reach, Preston, Penney.

    Given that everyone in the Championship can’t stop talking about that crazy Argentinian chap over at Elland Road, Aston Villa fans probably can’t help but wish their manager was called Steve Brucelsa. Sadly they have to make do with plain old Steve Bruce, although maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Leeds might be having a whale of a time under Marcelo Bielsa, who’s busy proving that his whirlwind brand of football can succeed at any level, but there’s more than one way to manage and Bruce has proven time and again that he’s an expert when it comes to getting a team out of this division.

    After a difficult start to the summer, Villa are looking good at the moment. They’ve bounced back from losing last season’s Championship final to Fulham and the outlook is considerably brighter than it was when the club were hit with some worrying financial problems in June. There’s been investment from an Egyptian consortium since then, they’ve kept Jack Grealish out of Tottenham’s clutches and a three-goal win tonight would see them knock Middlesbrough out of the automatic promotion places on goal difference and go level on points with Bielsa’s buzzing side.

    Aston Villa v Brentford

    Blackburn v Reading

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  • Sat, 18 Aug 2018 16:15:21 +0000: Aston Villa held by 10-man Ipswich after keeper Orjan Nyland makes a howler - Aston Villa | The Guardian

    A dreadful error by the Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland slowed his side’s early-season momentum at Portman Road. Signed 12 days ago, the Norwegian gifted Ipswich Town an equaliser, which the home side held on to despite playing more than 50 minutes with 10 men.

    With Villa leading through a Jonathan Kodjia header, there appeared little danger as a long throw looped into the area eight minutes before half-time. That was to ignore the hapless intervention of Nyland. The keeper simply dropped the ball at the feet of Trevoh Chalobah and the Ipswich midfielder merely swivelled and rolled a shot into the empty net.

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Historical Transfer News and Team Gossip has been archived below:

  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:01:06 +0000: Villa wait on Terry contract offer - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
    Aston Villa do not expect immediate progress in their bid to sign John Terry after making him a lucrative contract offer.
  • Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:34 +0000: Championship fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
    Find out your team's fixtures in the Championship during the 2017-18 season.
  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:19:02 +0000: Sunderland to play Bury in EFL Cup - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
    Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.
  • Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:26:51 +0000: Villa chief executive Wyness suspended - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
    Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness is suspended from football activity for three weeks for social media misconduct.
  • Thu, 18 May 2017 12:51:32 +0000: CEO Wyness dismisses Villa budget fears - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC
    Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness is confident of signing transfer targets within manager Steve Bruce's budget.

Aston Villa are now looking to strengthen their squad for the up coming season with a large number of new players touted to be on the clubs radar in the closed season. The club has been boosted lately by the resigning of goalkeeper Brad Guzan who left the club at the end of last season. The American keeper has now penned a new lucrative three year deal which will keep him at Villa park until the end of the 2015 season.

Another huge target for the club this season is Blackburns Steven N`Zonzi who is also a top target for Sunderland, Tottenham and Stoke City with the midfielder stating that he has no intention of playing football in the championship. The Frenchman is thought to be available for a fee of around five million pounds and would welcome the chance to play in the English top flight again.

Blackpool winger Matt Phillips is also believed to be on the clubs radar as the championship side looked doomed to lose their influential winger as a host of top flight clubs are now vying for his signature. The twenty one year old has had a brilliant season for his club and now looks set to move to the premier league with clubs such as Everton, Wigan, Reading and Sunderland all in for the winger.

Sheffield United defender Matt Lowton is another target for the Villa Park outfit as Paul Lambert looks to strengthen his back line for the new season and the player is thought to be his top target for his defence. Lowton is now regarded as one of the hottest prospects in English football but Villa will need to fight off stern interest from additional clubs such as feyenoord and Bersiktas.