7 Players Who Could Realistically Move to Aston Villa This Summer

Aston Villa have been linked with moves for a whole host of players this summer, including the likes of Joe Hart and James McArthur. In reality, those type of players are unlikely to be interested in a move to the Championship and most Villa fans didn't take the reports too seriously. But the start of the season is just three weeks away now, and the Midlands club have only signed two players - John Terry and Sam Johnstone - so far this window. As a result, Villa fans will be expecting a few...

Chris Samba

At this stage of the window, Samba looks like he could well be Villa's most imminent purchase.

 

Remarkably, the defender has been on trial with the club since February, yet it appears Villa have still not made up their mind on the centre-back.

 

However, his performance in Wednesday night's pre-season friendly against Telford earned rave reviews, and as he would not cost manager Steve Bruce a penny, a deal looks likely at this stage.

Ahmed Elmohamady

Villa are suspected to operate with a 3-5-2 shape next season, and it is reported Steve Bruce is not happy with his options at right-back.

 

As a result, he may turn to a familiar face in Elmohamady, as the duo worked together at Hull.

 

The Egyptian has reportedly told his current employers he wants to leave this window and he could end up at Villa Park soon. 

Glenn Whelan

Villa had a bid of £500k rejected for Whelan at the start of July, and despite Stoke only wanting a £1m for the player, they have not returned with a second offer.

 

Whelan is thought to be keen on a move to the Championship club and a deal could well happen in the coming weeks.

 

The Irishman has fallen down the pecking order at the Bet365 Stadium following Darren Fletcher's arrival at the club.

Joe Ledley

Ledley is a free agent after his contract with Crystal Palace expired at the end of the season.

 

Steve Bruce is thought to be operating on a meagre budget and may be tempted to sign Ledley on a free.

 

If he were to make a move to the Midlands, Ledley would feel right at home with fellow Welshmen James Chester and Neil Taylor for company in the squad.

Gareth Barry

A few months ago it seemed like little more than a dream for Villa fans, but given Everton's extensive recruitment this summer, it looks likely that Barry will be allowed to leave the club.

 

He has been linked with a move to West Brom and Watford, but may opt to return to his former club instead.

 

Barry represented the Villans for 11 years before controversially moving to Manchester City in 2009.

Ollie Watkins

Watkins has proven himself to be a steady goal scorer in League Two, and a Championship club is expected to gamble on the striker.

 

Leeds and Brentford have been linked with Watkins, but should Villa decide to bid for the 21-year-old, he may find it hard to turn down. If he were to join Villa this summer, it is likely he would remain as back up to Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan.

Marvin Johnson

Johnson was something of a hot commodity in League One last season, and has alerted the attention of a number of clubs.

 

The winger is from Birmingham and may be tempted with a return to his home city.

 

However, Leicester are also rumored to be interested in Oxford United man, which may scupper any potential hopes Villa have of signing him.

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