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‘He will be’ – The latest on the chase for Aston Villa and Leeds United transfer target


With the January window rapidly approaching, Aston Villa will once again, be looking to replenish a squad that has seen a massive overhaul in recent times.

Since Dean Smith’s arrival at the back end of last year, the playing staff has been transformed, with a raft of player purchases twinned with a number of high-profile departures.

But the work doesn’t stop there.

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Coventry City v Tranmere Rovers in the Sky Bet League 1 match the St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, with, Sam McCallum

Despite their promotion to the Premier League, Villa’s transfer team will be busily working away on a number of targets.

One such potential target is Coventry City youngster Sam McCallum, the defender has been linked with a number of clubs after an impressive run of form:

However, they face tough competition and a manager who has no intention of selling. Here’s what we know so far:

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Who has been linked?

Who hasn’t is probably a fairer question!

The 19-year-old has earned plaudits aplenty for his performances in Mark Robins’ promotion chasing outfit.

Despite only making a handful of appearances for the Sky Blues. A whole host of names in the divisions above are believed to be monitoring his situation:

Leeds United

The first team linked with a move for McCallum was Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.

Officials from Elland Road, are believed to have visited City’s temporary home of St Andrew’s to watch the defender, who they signed from non-league Herne Bay the summer before last.

Villa

Football Insider then reported that Villa bosses have earmarked the defender as a potential transfer in the January transfer window.

It is claimed that scouts from B6 will be monitoring McCallum’s progression over the next few months. And it won’t be a long journey to see him, with the Sky Blues currently playing their games at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s stadium.

West Brom

Football Insider  then suggested that the Baggies were willing to throw their hat in the ring and had also been in attendance at St Andrew’s to watch the highly sought after left back.

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Coventry City v Walsall in the Leasing.com Trophy match at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy stadium, with, Sam McCallum and Alfie Bates

Nottingham Forest

Sabri Lamouchi’s men are also believed to be tracking McCallum, the East Midlanders are in fine form and one of the front runners for Championship promotion.

Huddersfield Town

The Terriers complete the lengthy list of suitors, the Cowleys, who have recently taken over the Terriers, have extensive experience in the non-league and could use their expertise to land the defender.

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What McCallum has said:

McCallum revealed that while the Premier League was his dream, he was fully committed to his role with his current team.

“Playing in the Premier League is obviously still a dream.

“If I went all the way it’d be so big for me because I’m one of those millions of kids who have wanted it.

 “But at the moment I’m focusing on trying to get the starting position at Coventry and then see where it goes from there.

“I’m still settling in, but I’m more comfortable now.”

 

What the Cov fans have said:

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What Mark Robins has said:

Robins confirmed that City have no intention of selling their most prized asset, confirming it will take a ‘monumental’ bid to secure his services.

“But if anyone wants to take him it’s going to cost a hell of a lot of money.

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Forest Green Rovers v Coventry City in the EFL trophy match at the The New Lawn stadium, with Mark Robins

“There’s no interest or appetite to sell,” said Robins. “I wouldn’t think it would be beneficial for him to go anywhere at this stage.

“He’s not at the stage where he’s going to be a regular every week but the possibility is that he will be. You know what I think of him and what we think about him here, and for us to let him go it would take a monumental bid from anyone.

“And I think if anyone is going to take him it’s going to have to be a top Premier League team.”

 

The view from Coventry:

CoventryLive’s Sky Blues reporter Andy Turner explained that while Robins can protest he has no intentions of selling McCallum, the situation surrounding the club, could force his hand.

“Mark Robins is a realist and knows he club’s current business model is to produce and develop young players of their own with a view to selling them on for profit.

“Callum Wilson and James Maddison are their biggest successes in the last five years, earning the club millions of pounds after rising to the Premier League with Bournemouth and Leicester City and gaining England international recognition, while Bayliss’s switch to Deepdale last month brought in a reported £2m for the club.”





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