Aston Villa could launch a January move for Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu, according to The Athletic’s Gregg Evans.
The Lowdown: Romeu profiled
Romeu, labelled as ‘hard working’ by Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, emphasised by his desire to win the ball back by averaging the most tackles (2.4) per game out of his teammates in the Premier League so far this season, turned 30 back in September and is under contract at St Mary’s for a further 18 months.
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The Latest: Villa keen?
Evans shared a transfer mailbag on The Athletic on Wednesday, answering questions from supporters ahead of the January window.
When asked what size the budget will be for Steven Gerrard in 2022, Evans said that Villa will be flexible. He then added that sporting director Johan Lange will present a number of midfield options to Gerrard following Marvelous Nakamba’s injury, one of which could be Romeu after the club tracked him over the summer.
The Verdict: Smart move?
For the right price, Romeu could well be a shrewd addition at Villa Park. He has bundles of Premier League experience and knows the defensive midfield role like the back of his hand.
So, should Luiz depart over the next six months, more than one holding midfielder may be required in the Midlands, so signing Romeu for a relatively low fee from a Premier League rival could be a solid starting point.
He’d be able to help youngsters Jacob Ramsey and Carney Chukwuemeka in front of him, and you’d expect the Spaniard still has plenty to offer despite turning 30 earlier this year.
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