Aston Villa have finally signed someone.
It took a while for the Villans to get going in the transfer market but their spending spree looks as though it’s now taking shape.
After failing with a first bid, they sealed a £14m deal to bring former Nottingham Forest full-back Matty Cash to Villa Park.
The defender, who can also play on the wing, should provide some solid competition with Frederic Guilbert on the right-hand side.
In truth, this signing speaks volumes about some of the poor recruitment that took place under Suso.
His replacement Johan Lange had yet to get his cheque book out but this signals his first foray in the market. It’s an impressive acquisition too, especially given Cash’s record last term.
The 23-year-old scored three times and also racked up five assists from defence last season – a solid tally indeed.
Aston Villa’s recruitment won’t stop there and just before Cash signed, a new target was revealed by Birmingham Live journalist Ashely Preece.
Answering questions during a Q&A, they responded to a question about a winger currently plying their trade in the Premier League.
That player happened to be Leicester City’s Demarai Gray…
“Yes, there’s a possibility. Gray’s contract’s up in nine months. He’s lost his way a little hasn’t he at Leicester and it’ll be a question for Smith: can he reinvigorate his career… I firmly believe Gray’s on a list of winger targets for Villa given his contract situation,” Preece said.
“He’s 24 and Villa are keen to add British players with Premier League pedigree to the mix of last summer’s foreign arrivals,” the journalist added.
Gray has also been linked with a move to Spurs this summer so Villa may find themselves having to outbid one of their Premier League rivals.
GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…
Villa’s desire to add proven Premier League players to their ranks this summer certainly makes sense.
The arrivals of Anwar El Ghazi, Trezeguet and Jota last season were shrewd, but arguably, none of them really found their feet in the top-flight.
Those records aren’t great and they’ll need to find added firepower from somewhere, especially if they fail to land Ollie Watkins or Callum Wilson.
However, Gray really isn’t the answer here. Yes, he may have experience of the Premier League – 132 games in fact, but his goal tally sits on a mediocre ten strikes from all of those matches.
Price dependant, he’d add some good depth to Villa, but he’s not someone who’s going to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.
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