Jean Makoun and Blackpool’s Charlie Adam are the latest midfielder’s to be linked with a squad that is blessed with midfielders of experience and talent.
Villa are believed to have put in a bid that the Cameroon internationals side Lyon have waved away, but Gerard Houllier seems desperate to land the 27-year-old.
Ian Holloway is reported to have turned down a £2.5m bid from the Villans as he wants to keep his captain and prize asset as the Seasiders look to silence the doubters and stay in the top flight.
With the squad coming back to full fitness, boss Houllier has to realise that he has a wealth of talent in the midfield. The returns of Nigel Reo-Coker, Stan Petrov and Fabian Delph have had to a fight for their places since recovering from injuries. As well as the unhappy summer signing Stephen Ireland and veteran play-maker Robert Pires.
Holloway said of approaches for star man Adam: “It's true. I spoke to Charlie this morning and he knows where I am coming from, and I know where he is coming from. The chairman has had a couple of calls and he has told those clubs exactly where we are.
"We have got no reason to sell anyone. We are a well-run club and we want to add in this window, not lose anyone. It's not important to keep a player if a player doesn't want to be here - it's important to keep working with him to achieve one of his ultimate goals, which is to play for one of the top four or five, or even six, clubs.
"We have got him for 18 months on his contract and if one of those top clubs I told him this morning come in then I might have to consider it, but they would have to offer the right amount of money for this club to move forward."
Houllier has already been linked with players in this transfer window that Villa fans are too sure about, although the one signing so far, England Under-21 international Kyle Walker looks a real talented player who can help the Villans pull themselves away from the relegation zone.
The Villans boss hasn’t had the best start to his career in the Villa hot-seat, and with plenty of Premier League bosses worrying about their jobs, January is the time to prove their own multi-million pound wages and at the moment Houllier doesn’t seem to be taking Villa forward with the players he is being linked with.
From a supporters’ point of view, and what has been said around Villa Park and on fans forums the Villans want to see a new striker at least in January, and Robbie Keane has been on and off Villa’s radar since leaving rivals Wolves in 1999.
To finish on a plus point, Andreas Weimann and Gary Gardner are back in action tonight as the reserves travel to play Arsenal in a top of the table clash. This will be more good news for the Villa boss who now has a squad of players available rather than a team.
To all the Villa fans out there, who do you want to see at Villa Park? Comment below to see what players people think will be good to get this season up and running at long last.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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