Aston Villa star linked with a shock transfer exit as Liverpool star is deemed a ‘problem’ and Manchester United’s transfer blunder revealed – rumours
The transfer window is closed, but there is still plenty of gossip floating around.
We take a look at what is being said about Aston Villa and the rest of the Premier League.
Turkish club Besiktas are targeting a move for Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia, according to reports.
Ivory Coast international Kodjia has fallen down the pecking order at Villa Park under Dean Smith with record signing Wesley Moraes now the manager’s first choice.
Wesley, who joined the club for £22million from Club Brugge in June, started the Premier League opener at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday before Kodjia replaced him with 16 minutes to go.
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Smith has allowed Scott Hogan to join Stoke City on loan which leaves him with three strikers in Wesley, Kodjia and youngster Keinan Davis until January.
And, according to Ortacizgi.com, Besiktas are keen on luring Kodjia away from Villa this month. European clubs are still able to conduct business until September 2.
Despite Besiktas’ interest Villa are unlikely to offload Kodjia unless an irresistible offer is put forward as it would leave Smith with just two recognised strikers, one of whom in Davis has just 18 senior starts under his belt.
Elsewhere in the Premier League…
Ex-Palace chief labels Sturridge a “problem”
Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has launched a scathing attack on former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge.
Sturridge will reportedly decide on his future this week as he weighs up offers from 13 clubs around the globe.
The striker was released by Liverpool in the summer following the expiry of his contract after an injury-plagued few years at Anfield.
However none of those reported 13 teams are from the Premier League and Jordan believes that is because he is a ‘problem’ and a bad example to younger players.
Asked on TalkSport whether he would sign the striker if he was still in charge of a club, he said: “No. Not in any parallel universe would I sign Daniel Sturridge. Not for me.
“I wouldn’t even give him a pay as you play deal.
“I wouldn’t want Sturridge in my dressing room or at my training ground around younger players.
“He’s a very, very, very talented footballer but he’s a divisive influence. Jurgen Klopp has never had him since day one he arrived at Liverpool.
“He’s one of those players who plays entirely for himself. He is, in my view, all about himself.”
Spurs fear Toby going on a free
Spurs fear they could now lose Toby Alderweireld for nothing next summer.
The club have been willing to listen to offers for the 30-year-old Belgian whose £25million release clause expired two weeks before the transfer deadline. But no serious bid has been forthcoming.
Alderweireld now has a year left on his contract and is understood to be ready to run his last 12 months down in order to determine his own future.
It would mean he is able to field offers from foreign clubs in January and walk away at the end of the season.
Roma have been the only club interested this summer but failed to meet the £25m fee and are unlikely now to come up with an acceptable offer before Europe’s September 2 deadline.
Moyes reveals why he did not sign Maguire
Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has revealed that he considered bringing Harry Maguire to Old Trafford during his short spell as manager – but was put off a potential move due to the defender’s “big a**”.
United have chased Maguire all summer and finally secured his signature after forking out a whopping £80million – a world record for a defender – to prise him away from Leicester City.
And Moyes, who was sacked in April 2014 after just 10 months at the United helm, has explained why he decided against pursuing an interest in Maguire, who was playing for boyhood club Sheffield United at the time.