It has been Aston Villa fans making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern in recent weeks following their side’s return to form.
Steve Bruce’s side made a sluggish start to the new Championship season by failing to win any of their first three matches, but they have since then propelled up the table with five wins in eight matches, a run which also saw them draw the other three.
That leaves the Villans seventh in the division and very much in promotion contention, and there may be more good news to follow for our resident Aston Villa supporters if a recent report from L’Equipe (via talkSPORT) is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that wantaway star Jordan Amavi, who secured a loan move to Marseille during the summer, is set to make his move to the French side permanent at the end of the season having agreed a fee with Villa.
The 23-year-old moved to Villa Park back in 2015 but has failed to make a meaningful impact at the Midlands giants, and was shipped out on loan back in August as Bruce sought to overhaul his squad ahead of the new season.
And it’s fair to say that the move has worked for the left-back having made five Ligue 1 appearances for Marseille this term, and his fine form has earned him a place in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Belgium and Belarus.
And reports suggest that Marseille, currently third in the French top-flight, can secure a move for Amavi for £8.9 million next summer, which would finally bring the curtain down on his Villa nightmare, and give him the opportunity to resurrect his flailing career for good.
And it’s a deal which is unlikely to faze Villa supporters too greatly given Amavi’s struggles at the Midlands outfit.
Landlord’s verdict: Jordan Amavi arrived at Aston Villa back in 2015 amid much anticipation, but it just simply hasn’t happened for the left-back since then.
And with Steve Bruce’s seeking to overhaul his squad during the summer, the 23-year-old always looked likely to leave, and so it proved by penning a loan deal with Ligue 1 side Marseille.
And now it turns out that they can land him for £8.9 million in the summer should they want to, and given that he’s made a fine start and recently been called up to the France squad, it’s a deal they may well be interested in.
For Villa, receiving £8.9 million for a player that cost them £7.7 million two years ago but hasn’t done a great deal is good business, in a deal which appears to be in the best interests of all parties involved.
Villa fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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