Aston Villa eye Huth
Former Leicester City defender Robert Huth is in talks with Aston Villa as he continues his hunt for a new club, according to Leicestershire Live.
The German was released by the Foxes at the end of the Premier League season having failed to make a single appearance last season due to injury but it is thought Villa are keen if they can afford to sign the defender.
The club’s recent financial difficulties have been well-documented this summer and with the club needing another £40-45million to get onside with Financial Fair Play rules, a move for free agent Huth could be beyond them.
Steve Bruce unlikely to get Grealish funds
Former Hull City boss Steve Bruce looks set to miss out on any of the transfer funds from Jack Grealish’s expected £25m move to Spurs.
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia is battling a cash crisis at the club and it is being reported that his reight-hand man Rongtian He flew out to the team’s Portugal train9ng camp tp dfdeliver the bad news that any expected funds for new signings have been cut.
Leeds to switch attentions?
Should a deal for Matej Vydra hit the buffers this summer, Leeds are reportedly eyeing Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia as an alternative.
According to Football Insider, the Whites have grown frustrated with the time it is taking to get Vydra over the line at Elland Road and have started to make provisions by looking elsewhere, and Kodjia is on their list of targets.
The former Bristol City man struggled with injuries last season and missed a majority of the campaign with an ankle issue, scoring just once in 15 appearances.
Nevertheless, his record in the Championship makes him a valuable asset, one Villa may need to sell this summer.
Bolton on strike
Players at Bolton Wanderers have gone on strike over unpaid wages ahead of the club’s friendly against St Mirren.
Climbing out of the bottom three to survive relegation in the Championship last season, Bolton fans could have been forgiven for harbouring excitement for the new season, but it seems things have taken a turn for the worse at the Macron Stadium.
After the club have consistently failed to pay players on time, the players have taken a stand by boycotting their first friendly of pre-season.
A statement released by the club on behalf of the players read: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we as a team have decided with deep regret we will not be playing tomorrow’s game against St Mirren.
“We have been put in an impossible positon which has forced our decision, and we would like to explain our reasons why.
“Over the past two seasons we as a club have experienced unprecedented success in first achieving promotion to the Championship, then staying in the league last season.
“This was achieved despite extremely difficult circumstances. All players, current and past, who were contracted to the club have contributed to this success.
“Over the course of the two years on numerous occasions contracted players have not been paid on time. This has culminated in certain players not receiving their June wage.
“On each occasion this has happened we have received no notification or an explanation as to why. We feel this is totally unacceptable after a huge effort from everybody over the last two seasons.
“Regrettably, as a group, this has led to the decision. We unreservedly apologise to any supporters that have made plans to come and watch the game.”