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MetiNews.Com - Aston Villa transfers - Here's a rundown of members of Villa's contracted first-team with uncertain futures with the transfer window now fully open for business until October 5

Birmingham news The Villa outcasts facing the axe as Dean Smith plans shake up MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Aston Villa transfers - Here's a rundown of members of Villa's contracted first-team with uncertain futures with the transfer window now fully open for business until October 5

Birmingham news  The Villa outcasts facing the axe as Dean Smith plans shake up MetiNews.Com
02 August 2020 - 13:56

Breaking News ! The transfer rumour mill surrounding Aston Villa is in full flow at present with Liverpool man Divock Origi the latest man linked to a move to B6. From John Swift, Jose Campana and James McCarthy, Villa's linked-with list is getting longer by the day ahead of the new season which kicks off on September 12. We've heard a lot about possible incomings, but what about outgoings? Villa's current squad list stands at 27 which includes four goalkeepers. Here, we attempt to run the rule over nine members of Villa's contracted first-team who could be shown the exit door ahead of the transfer window closing on October 5. Sign up for our Villa newsletter with your email in the box at the top of the page or click here Lovre Kalinic Lovre Kalinic is substituted for loan side Toulouse (Image: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images)   The tall Croat's career at Aston Villa appears bleak and, to put it bluntly, all but over. The 30-year-old, Dean Smith's first signing for £5.4 million in January 2019, is still contracted until 2023. Last term, it was a surprise to see Kalinic stick around until the January before eventually penning a loan move to Ligue 1 strugglers Toulouse. Kalinic made just four appearances before the French season was curtailed while, at Villa, he's featured eight times with his last appearance coming in the 2-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion 18 months ago. Kalinic was part of Villa's pre-season squad last summer and helped the likes of Wesley settle into his new surroundings. The goalkeeper is expected to report back into training at Bodymoor in a fortnight but, with the European Championships on the horizon in 2021, Kalinic could well force a move to end his nightmare spell at Villa. Orjan Nyland A name that might surprise a few, but Orjan Nyland's future is uncertain at this stage. Smith, of course, gave the Norwegian his shot by starting him for the first four fixtures of last season's restart but, in the end, the head coach went back to Pepe Reina knowing Nyland endured a couple of errors against Sheffield United and Wolves. At the time of writing you'd say Nyland is Villa's No.1 with Reina departing and Tom Heaton having not played in seven months following his knee ligament tear. Heaton, 34, will likely start next month, with Nyland knocked down a peg back to the bench. It remains to be seen how playing second-fiddle again will play out for Nyland whose deal expires next summer (June 2021). James Bree James Bree during pre-season with Aston Villa (Image: TIM EASTHOPE/BIRMINGHAM MAIL)   The right-back spent the entirety of last season helping Luton beat off Championship relegation. An emergency centre-back at one stage for Villa in the second tier, Bree's future perhaps lies elsewhere after failing to prove himself enough last pre-season with Smith shipping him out to play more regular football. Like Nyland, the 22-year-old's contract runs out next summer and Luton have already made noises wanting to sign Bree on a permanent. You suspect there will be other interest in the Championship, too. Neil Taylor Another possible surprise here given Neil Taylor's popularity behind-the-scenes at Bodymoor Heath. The 31-year-old started last season as Smith's first-choice left-back but eventually lost his place to £14 million signing Matt Targett. Taylor has made 99 appearances in claret and blue following his January 2017 arrival while, last season, featured 17 times in all competitions. The Welshman is a viable back-up option at present and he's another player with a contract coming to an end next summer. Now, at 31, will Taylor want to secure a more longer-term deal elsewhere or stick around for the season before leaving on a free? You suspect it will be the latter given his importance inside the Aston Villa dressing room. Ahmed Elmohamady   Now Ahmed Elmohamady is in exactly the same boat as Taylor, although 'Elmo' will no doubt fancy his chances of breaking back into the Villa starting XI. The Egyptian started 11 of Villa's 38 games last term and mainly played second-fiddle to the much younger Frederic Guilbert. Elmohamady enjoyed a fruitful spell during the restart by up at Newcastle and put in cross after cross before his season was cut short with a hamstring injury.

. He turns 33 next month and, knowing his disappointment of playing a bit-part this year, could seek one final career move and, with it, another pay-day. Again, though, you suspect Elmohamady will stay on and walk away for free next summer. Read More Related Articles 'Next best thing' - Why Aston Villa should secure thrilling Liverpool transfer Read More Related Articles Aston Villa give Dean Smith £100m to sign four players including Said Benrahma - reports Henri Lansbury The midfielder started just twice last year in the Premier League and amassed just 188 minutes of big-league action. His career at Villa Park has been plagued by injuries and poor form. In truth, he's never been fancied as Smith preferred a half-fit John McGinn during last season's restart. The ex-Forest captain has started just 26 games (24 in the Championship) in three-and-a-half years in B6, and the writing appears to be on the wall as far as his exit goes. The question is, though, will Villa be able to shift their No.8 given his contract was given a promotion bump-up last year? Lansbury's contract officially ends in June 2021. Villa, meanwhile, will look to add a box-to-box midfielder and Lansbury will, you feel, make way. Jota (Image: Andy Hooper NMC Pool)   Again, the case of Jota is very similar to that of Lansbury's: he hardly played. In fact, the Spaniard managed just four starts in the Premier League, the last of which came last Boxing Day during the 3-0 hammering at Watford. Despite Villa crying out for craft up front, Jota's playing time across 10 games during the restart totally 19 minutes. He assisted Wesley against Everton last year, of course, but, in truth, that was the only bright spark of his uninspiring first year after crossing the Second City divide. It's clear Smith didn't trust Jota to start matches while, for large parts last year, he didn't even make the squad. A whole host of Championship clubs will be monitoring Jota's Villa situation with real intrigue. Villa, though, will look to buy a winger or two over the next few weeks which could signal the end of Jota's time in claret and blue. Read More Related Articles The exciting strategy behind Aston Villa's new transfer chief Johan Lange Read More Related Articles 'Dream a little' - Ten sensational strikers Aston Villa could sign this summer Keinan Davis The fact Keinan Davis only signed a short-term contract perhaps suggests Villa remain unsold on the young striker's Premier League credentials. If Villa are to go onto bigger and better things following survival then bagging an out-and-out goal-scorer will be top priority, with Davis not one of them. All four of the 22-year-old's Premier League starts came within the restart but, in the end, he lost his place to Mbwana Samatta as the pair shared the burden in Villa's lonesome sole striker role. Like with Jota, Championship clubs are circling over Davis given he's out of contract next summer. We'll see with this one as Davis - Villa's nearlyman - remains highly thought of at Bodymoor Heath. Scott Hogan Scott Hogan   Yes, you read that right: Scott Hogan is still an Aston Villa player. The £9 million signing scored at Shrewsbury around this time last year before moving on to Stoke and, latterly, Birmingham City. Hogan's Blues career blossomed big time as he scored seven goals in his first eight Championship games before confidence and performances dipped off big style. Blues supporters remain unsure of Hogan now and it'll be up to new boss Aitor Karanka to act on last season's loan man. Smith, meanwhile, preferred to play without a recognised striker in January despite their being a call-back option on Hogan's loan deal at Stoke and that says everything. Now, how much will Villa bank off Hogan's expected sale? It's going to be nowhere near the fee they forked out for him, that's for sure. His contract expires next summer, too.

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Birmingham news The Villa outcasts facing the axe as Dean Smith plans shake up MetiNews.Com


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Birmingham news The Villa outcasts facing the axe as Dean Smith plans shake up MetiNews.Com


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