Tottenham Hotspur are planning a swoop for Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph in the January transfer window, with the player’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
The White Hart Lane club are hoping to take advantage of Villa’s uncertainty over his future by capturing him for only £3 million, far less than the England international’s true value.
This is because Villa could be set to lose him on a free transfer at the end of the season if Delph does not accept a new contract.
Delph has impressed for Villa in recent seasons since his £6 million transfer from Leeds United.
The talented midfielder came through Leeds’ famous Thorp Arch academy, the first home of other highly talented footballers like Alan Smith, Jonathan Woodgate and Harry Kewell.
Spurs could even include one of their players who they have deemed surplus to requirements to convince Villa to sell Delph this month.
The likes of Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend, Emmanuel Adebayor, Paulinho and Moussa Dembele are all available to anyone who is interested.
Manchester United are set to increase the pressure on Aston Villa, and force them to make a decision about Ron Vlaar’s future by making a £1.5 million bid for the defender, as reported by the Daily Star.
While Vlaar is available at the end of the season on a free transfer, Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal is willing to pay a reduced fee, relative to his value, and capture him during the winter transfer window.
Vlaar’s contract expires at the end of the season, and should Villa and the player not agree a new deal, he will be able to leave for nothing.
The midlands club are insistent that they would rather have that occur than sell him now.
While a £1.5 million bid will not force through a move, it will likely not cost much more to sign him.
He only cost Villa £4 million, and while he is a key player, the club managed the first section of the season without him after he suffered an injury.
Vlaar is also thought to be keen on a switch, having come to the natural end of his time at Villa.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hoping to inject some excitement into his side during January by snapping up Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair during the winter transfer window, according to the Daily Express.
The out of favour City star can be bought by Villa for as little as £2.5 million, well within Lambert’s budget.
Villa fans have become increasingly frustrated at their side’s performances this season.
It is understandable, with the Midlands club scoring only 12 goals in 22 games. They are on course to break the Premier League record for the least number of goals in a campaign.
An exciting player like Sinclair could change that, although he will be eager to prove his worth after a spell in the reserves for City.
He has had few opportunities since his move there in 2012 from Swansea City.
Sinclair flopped while on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season, but is also interesting Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace and Norwich City.