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MetiNews.Com - Aston Villa transfer news live: All the latest from Dean Smith's side as Johan Lange begins a summer of recruitment to bolster a side that is heading into a second Premier League season
Breaking News ! Hello and welcome to Sunday 's LIVE coverage of Aston Villa from BirminghamLive. We will be keeping you up to date with all the latest Villa news and views as the transfer window comes into sharp focus following the end of the season last weekend. New sporting director Johan Lange will be tasked with overseeing a summer of recruitment that will set Dean Smith's side up for another Premier League campaign following their narrow escape in 2019-20. Jack Grealish continues to be the topic of conversation with Arsenal and Manchester United linked while Villa have been credited with an interest in a few targets of their own. So stick with us on today's blog for all the latest Villa transfer news and opinion on Sunday, August 2.Key EventsVilla linked with sensational move for Liverpool hero10:43Villa backed to secure 'statement' Liverpool signingVilla fans are all for signing Divock Origi after today’s rumour emerged about the Liverpool striker.More HERE. (Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images)The strategy behind Aston Villa's new transfer chief“At the identification phase, our process is very data driven.” That above statement was made by Aston Villa’s new transfer chief Johan Lange during an interview back in January while at FC Copenhagen. Lange, 40, arrived at Villa Park last week to replace axed sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch. The Dane’s remit will be to extensively improve Dean Smith’s playing squad while, at the same time, source young, up-and-coming talent to replenish Villa’s ageing contingent.So, what do we know about Villa’s new transfer man? Not too much, in truth, other than he was Ståle Solbakken’s number two at Wolves in 2012 while, six years ago, linked up with the Norwegian again - this time to head up transfers as Copenhagen’s technical director, with Solbakken as manager.Here, we’ll assess how Lange worked, instigated deals and look at the most-frequent transfer markets he tapped into to help sustain and better Copenhagen year on year.More HERE.Johan Lange, during his time as Wolves' assistant manager (Image: PA)KEY EVENTVilla linked with sensational move for Liverpool heroDivock Origi has been linked with a move to Villa.He’s a big-game player, that’s for sure and could beef up Dean Smith’s attack for the coming season.More HERE. (Image: Getty Images)Pundit warns Grealish of making moveAlex Bruce thinks Jack Grealish might struggle for regular game time if he departs Villa.Bruce has likened the situation to Riyad Mahrez at Manchester City.More HERE. (Image: 2020 Pool)Bent on 'awful' recruitmentFormer Villa striker Darren Bent has had his say on last summer’s £130 million spend and spoke out about Villa’s axed sporting director, Jesus Garcia Pitarch.The pundit said:Their recruitment last summer was awful so I’m not surprised he got the chop because it was absolutely awful.The centre-forward, Wesley, had a tough time and hardly scored any goals.
.You’ve got to say who’s picking these players up, who’s saying these players will succeed at Aston Villa? It’s not been very good so I’m not surprised that’s the case. Villa need a real overhaul.”More HERE. Darren BentEx-Villa ace bags seven-goal haulRushian Hepburn-Murphy raised eyebrows earlier in July following the expiration of his Aston Villa contract - by completing a move to Cypriot league side Pafos FC.Now, he’s raising eyebrows for a different reason after scoring SEVEN goals in a 9-0 victory.More HERE. (Image: TIM EASTHOPE/BIRMINGHAM MAIL)Villa's goalkeeper searchAston Villa’s search for a new goalkeeper is taking an interesting turn.Reports emerged over the last few days that the club were interested in Robin Olsen of Roma - while news broke from Italian media that Pepe Reina became the subject of an offer from Villa following a solid loan spell at the club.And both potential deals have complications - with Reina’s deal depending on AC Milan’s consideration of the finer details of the deal.More HERE.McCarthy on Villa's radarCrystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy has been touted with a £5 million switch to Aston Villa, according to national reports. The Daily Mail cite Villa with big interest in the 29-year-old who, last season, made 33 appearances for Roy Hodgson’s side. The report suggests Villa will relax their transfer policy on only buying players under the age of 28, with Dean Smith now keen to add Premier League experience right through his side’s spine.More HERE.Villa linked with Scottish left-backAston Villa have been linked with teenage left-back Aaron Hickey from Hearts, reports up in Scotland claim.The 18-year-old featured 22 times for the Edinburgh club last term in what was Hickey’s breakthrough season in the Scottish top-flight.Hearts, though, dropped down a division and, according to the Daily Record, teenager Hickey is a top transfer priority for Italian side Bologna.More HERE.Targets to be assessedGood morning, Villans. Transfers remain a key talking point with Dean Smith keen to bolster his playing squad ahead of next month’s Premier League curtain-raiser. The head coach is due to sit down with the club’s new sporting director Johan Lange and chief executive Christian Purslow in the coming days to assess and pinpoint targets. We’ll get straight to it to bring you the latest on players linked with moves to Villa Park.
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