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MetiNews.Com - Aston Villa transfers - From the outside looking in, today's shock link to Liverpool hero Origi makes a lot of sense with Smith desperate to add Premier League-proven firepower
Breaking News ! It's by far the biggest transfer rumour of this shortened window with Divock Origi's touted move to Aston Villa generating a lot of noise. "THIS. THIS.", "Wow that would be epic!" and "Good player, but can't see it happening." were just three reactions from Villa's transfer-thirsty supporters. Now the thirst for deals to get done will reach desperation as the weeks tick by with Villa's season set to start in just FORTY days. The window itself, of course, runs up until October 5, meaning Dean Smith and new sporting director Johan Lange have nine weeks to build their Premier League 2020/21 squad. Sign up for our Villa newsletter with your email in the box at the top of the page or click here From the outside looking in, today's shock link to Liverpool hero Origi makes a lot of sense with Smith desperate to add Premier League-proven firepower in attacking areas. As fans will tell you, Villa have been utterly toothless in front of goal in 2020 and it's evident there's an issue. Club-record signing Wesley will need time to get back up to full speed after his nasty knee injury, while Mbwana Samatta and Keinan Davis failed to score when Villa needed them most throughout Project Restart. All Villa have to do, though, is look back at when the transfer window slammed shut last year and that decision to go with unknown Brazilian Wesley, enigmatic Jonathan Kodjia and rookie Davis was, looking back, criminal. It left Villa considerably short. As far as Origi goes, Villa will definitely be in the market for at least one striker. That'll be a given. The Belgian made just seven starts for the champions last term - scoring four Premier League goals - and played a bit-part role behind Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
. That St James' Park strike was one of just 34 career goals - yet Origi's become a bit of a master at notching big 'uns. You'll all remember his sensational double in THAT Barcelona semi-final, while he helped settle the Champions League final over Spurs last year. Five of his 34 goals have all come against Everton, too, which has helped him cement a bit of a legendary status amongst Liverpool supporters. Assessing today's rumour in The Sun, though, and it's clear the big Belgian fits the bill in B6: a proven goal-scorer who can play Smith's favoured lone front man role and play it well. He's a powerful presence, too, and a scorer of all kinds of goals - from instinctive two-yard tap-ins to bullet headers and pressurised last-minute winners. Origi would compliment the likes of Jack Grealish, too, as he continues to work day in, day out with some of the world's brightest footballers.
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The transfer ticks a lot of boxes, then, but what about its credence? Would Origi be willing to swap winning trophies to join a side that finished one point and one place above the dreaded drop-zone? Now that'd be a question for chief exec Christian Purslow, Lange and Smith who'll be reassuring every player they sign in this window that the good times are set to roll after Villa survived by the skin of their teeth. Villa will have to make bold promises to players of Origi's calibre. The Belgium international was signed from Lille for £11 million back in 2014 while, in 2017, Wolfsburg paid almost £6 million just to loan him. Origi, 25, would fetch a considerable amount too and would easily break Villa's £22 million transfer outlay. I've mentioned previously how Villa should look to enquire about the availability of Tammy Abraham given his awkward Chelsea situation, yet today's link regarding another out-of-favour front man could just be the next best thing. It's an exciting link, Origi, and it would signal a huge, huge statement of intent by Smith and Villa. I guess we'll soon see just how serious Villa will be in this summer's market under the watchful eye of their new transfer guru, Lange. Follow today's transfer live blog HERE which includes details surrounding Villa's reported interest in Palace midfielder James McCarthy and young Hearts left-back Aaron Hickey.
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