Here are the morning Aston Villa headlines for Saturday 19th September.
Villa confirms the signing of three new deals with the Academy
Aston Villa confirmed three newcomers to the academy with Seal Swinkles, Aaron O’Reilly and Colan McBride signing for the club.
Swinkles and O’Reilly, both defenders, joined midfielder McBride to become the latest arrivals to villa Talent pool at Bodymoor Heath.
The trio, who have all played for their countries at the international youth level, will initially join the U-18 team.
Academy director Mark Harrison said avfc.co.uk: “We are delighted to welcome Aaron, Ciel and Culan to the club. They all have international experience and look forward to following their development at Aston Villa.”
Swinkels has been a goal for the burgeoning Villa Academy since he played against Vitis Arnhem, the Dutch U-17 side, earlier this year.
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Smith responds to Traore’s question
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is hoping to get other players in the transfer window as they close to finalizing the winger Bertrand Traore’s deal.
Smith W. villa I prioritized quality over quantity when I got to the window this summer – unlike it was the case 12 months ago.
The Lions have moved to secure the deals of right-back Matti Cash, striker Olli Watkins and goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, but there are still two spots in their squad as they hope to upgrade before the window closes next month.
“I can’t, because I don’t know!” Smith told Villa TV at his pre-Sheffield United press conference, when asked about an update on Traore, clearly there are quite a few deals we’re talking about at the moment.
“I’m sure where we are to get an update from Johan [Lange] And christian [Purslow]. “
Villa receives instructions from Bournemouth on Josh King
Bournemouth is ready to give Josh King the Premier League comeback if he gets a “fair offer” for the striker.
Fela broke their transfer record For landing Ole Watkins from Brentford But we want another striker to bring in a new competition this season.
King has 12 months left on his contract with Bournemouth, and he is widely expected to leave the South Coast club this summer after relegating to the championship.
There have been reports that Villa has bid for £ 16million Earlier in the transfer window, Cherries boss Jason Tindall told suitors that his team was ready to do business at the right price.
Engels attracted attention
Anderlecht is reportedly interested in returning Aston Villa defender Bjorn Engels to Belgium.
The 26-year-old center-back joined Villa from French club Reims last summer and played 19 games in his first season at Villa Park.
Engels did not appear at Villa for 10 matches after the lockdown as Dean Smith promoted Isrei Kunsa to play alongside Tyrone Mings in the relegation round.
Kunsa is impressed, and with Courtney Howes also in Villa’s books, Engels’ future appears to be uncertain.
And Belgian news outlet Walfoot They report that Anderlecht is interested in concluding a loan deal with a villa to sign with Engels.