The Mirror has posted an article claiming that Sunderland could make a bid of £2 million for Villa left-back Kieran Richardson. Sunderland are struggling in the League after losing their first two games of the season and are apparently keen on versatile Richardson who has lost his starting spot to Amavi at Aston Villa. Richardson left Sunderland at 2012 for Fulham and recently joined Aston Villa in 2014 for a price of roughly £600,000. If Villa could get £2 million for Richardson that would be a fantastic piece of business by Villa. It’s clear that Richardson is now longer needed at Aston Villa following the arrival of Amavi. And the word around the training ground is that Sherwood does in-fact rate Bennett.
Another defender on the way out is Philippe Senderos who also joined Aston Villa last season. Turkish clubs Rizespor and Antalyaspor are both interested in Senderos who is clearly not wanted by Sherwood with Okore, Clark, Richards and Baker all ahead of Senderos. There is no mention at what kind of fee Senderos could leave for. Selling Senderos is a must for Villa, especially if he isn’t going to be played. It’s also good that there is finally some interest in Senderos who hasn’t attracted too many suitors throughout July.
One player who will most likely not be joining Aston Villa is Wolves forward Benik Afobe. Afobe recently signed for Wolves on a £2 million deal from Arsenal and has since scored 32 goals for Wolves last season. Wolves boss Kenny Jacklett has squashed the rumours claiming that he will be staying at Wolves this season. It’s clear that Aston Villa could use another goal scorer but I don’t think that a Championship striker will solve our problem. I’d rather spend any remaining funds on a proven goal scorer.