Aston Villa predicted to strike ‘perfect’ deal after fee agreed months ago – pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested Aston Villa could rekindle their interest in Ismaila Sarr and complete a deal with Watford in the January transfer window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League striker insisted that Sarr would improve Aston Villa’s starting XI.

Sources told Football Insider last month (10 November) that Unai Emery’s top transfer priority is an A-list forward who could play anywhere along the front line.

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Sky Sports reported in the summer (22 August) that Villa agreed a £25million fee for the 24-year-old but the deal collapsed before he underwent a medical.

The Senegal international is set to enter the final 18 months of his contract at Vicarage Road with his resale value declining.

Asked whether January could be the perfect time for Aston Villa to sign Sarr, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Ewan Kingsbury: “Yes, I think so.

“There are certain players who you are not going to be paying over the odds for, put it that way.

“In summer time you would get him cheaper and you know what you’re going to pay in January.

“There’s no doubt about it, this is a player I am surprised is still at Watford, quite frankly. I thought he would have gone when they got relegated last season.

“They got rid of their surplus of superstars at Watford and he’s probably the last one remaining.

“I can see that materialising if Aston Villa came in. I think that would be a very good signing for most Premier League clubs, in my opinion.

“It wasn’t that long ago that Man United were interested in him.

“That’s definitely one that’s a possibility and one that I can probably see improving the team at Aston Villa.”


By: Noel Whelan
Title: Aston Villa predicted to strike ‘perfect’ deal after fee agreed months ago – pundit
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Published Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2022 19:08:31 +0000