There has been a fair bit of transfer news in the past week. Scott Sinclair to Aston Villa seems to be the most reliable rumour but we still don’t know if Aston Villa will fork out the £2.5 million fee that City are demanding.
Nevertheless, the Telegraph has linked Matthew Lowton with a move to Swansea City. Gary Monk is in search of a new right-back this January and Naughton and Lowton have both been linked. Swansea are about to get a massive transfer budget with the sale of Wilfred Bony to City for £30 million. It’s rumoured that Lowton would cost Swansea £2 million, this would mean a loss of £1 million for Villa as he signed from Sheffield United in 2012 for a fee of £3 million. Lowton’s game time has been limited because of the form of Alan Hutton, last season he rotated with Bacuna for the right back slot. Earlier Nottingham Forrest approached Villa about a loan deal for Lowton, this was rejected.
“Matty is more frustrated than most because every time Alan has been suspended he’s come in and done well. He’s probably got a good case for going out on loan but I’d be reluctant to let him out. We can’t leave ourselves stretched.” – Lambert
Lowton has every right to leave, at times I have felt as though he has been treated rather harshly but I still expect Villa to at least recoup £3 million. He isn’t a bad Premier League player now, and Villa did help him adapt to the Premier League. I feel as though this rumour has some validity and there is a good chance that Lowton could move in January.
On the other side of the spectrum, Valencia winger Charles Gil is linked with a move to Aston Villa. Gil can also play as an attacking midfielder and at the age of 22 years, clubs including Elche and Espanyol are also tracking Gil’s situation. It’s believed that Valencia want a fee of £4-5 million and various sources in Spain claim that Villa’s interest is very serious. As a player Gil has very good dribbling skills and flair, however his goal ratio is rather poor and has the tendency of fluffing his chances.
Like mentioned earlier, I still think Sinclair is the most likely player to join Aston Villa this summer. Should Cleverly not wish to join Villa, I could see that money being used on Gil. Who knows, transfer activity has been limited around Villa, but the rumours continue to spread.