Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland is a potential transfer target for Besiktas, that is according to a report from Turkish news outlet Fanatik (via Sport Witness).
It is suggested that the Super Lig outfit will be looking for a replacement for Loris Karius between the sticks, with the Athletic previously reporting that the German will return to Liverpool at the end of his loan spell.
Nyland has not been the number one choice at Villa Park for the majority of the current season. Indeed he has featured just three times in the Premier League with Tom Heaton and Pepe Reina having been selected ahead of him (Transfermarkt).
The Norwegian has though often played in cup competitions, featuring four times in the EFL Cup including in the final and once in the FA Cup (Transfermarkt). He played a starring role in both legs of Villa’s League Cup semi-final against Leicester City, making five saves in each match and earning 7.6 ratings for both (SofaScore).
Those performances are perhaps still fresh in the minds of the club’s supporters, with many Villans taking to Twitter to suggest that they should not sell the 29-year-old even if Besiktas do come calling. One even suggested that he preferred Nyland to Reina.
Here is what some had to say…
No, he’s stepped up when he was needed and has looked great this season
— Jake (@jakey_oung) April 6, 2020
Prefer him to Reina TBH
— SteveAVillan (@crowhurstsr) April 6, 2020
No tbh I’d rather have him than steer
— Kai Sims (@KaiSims7) April 6, 2020
No way, he certainly proved himself in the Carabao cup. 💜💙
— Jules (@Julie39851419) April 6, 2020
No. He’s looked the business this season, plus, he will only get better. He’s got age on his side.
— Graham Batchelor (@gforce1955) April 6, 2020
No in the long term should be our number 1
— davidsmith (@DavidsmithMrbre) April 6, 2020
No, has been great since his return. Let Reina go.
— Kevin O Shaughnessy 🦁 🇮🇪 (@KevinO02249273) April 6, 2020
Keep him definitely
— George Everitt (@GeorgeEveritt5) April 6, 2020
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