Aston Villa have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Brentford captain Romaine Sawyers.
The 27-year old has followed Dean Smith from Walsall to Griffin Park and is now wanted by his former manager at Villa Park, but any move will have to wait until the summer.
The midfielder has 18 months left on his current deal and will be allowed to leave Brentford, but only at the end of the season. He’s rated at around £4m and is seen as being integral to Thomas Frank’s plans this season.
That means Dean Smith will have to hang fire on chasing his protégé, although it is looking likely he’ll move in the summer, be it to Villa or elsewhere.
Will the wait actually be a good thing for Villa? Is there anything to be gained from not moving now? or is it a situation likely to cost them dearly?
We look at the pros and cons of Villa being made to wait for a deal for Romaine Sawyers.