Robert Snodgrass has been enjoying a renaissance with Aston Villa this season, after his move to another claret and blue side didn’t quite go as planned.
He joined West Ham United in January 2017 for £10.2m, but just eight starts and 15 appearances later, he was deemed surplus to requirements at the Olympic Stadium. He signed for Bruce’s Villans in the summer on a season-long loan and has had a significant impact.
He slotted into their midfield and played 34 times, scoring seven goals. He’s been showing the sort of form that attracted the Hammers to take him from Hull City in the first place.
With his West Ham career seemingly faltering he looks primed for a summer move, but they’ve named their price today and it is likely to put off Villa, especially if they fail to win promotion.
They’re reportedly going to ask for £12m for the 30-year old Scottish international, representing a profit on their initial outlay. The West Ham news site Claret and Hugh report that David Moyes might even want him back in the summer, dashing any hopes Villa had of picking him up on the cheap.
Snodgrass has been excellent for Villa this season, but he’s not ‘£12m’ excellent. It sounds to me like the price tag has been designed to warn people off the midfielder, rather than attract serious bids.
After all, who is going to pay an inflated fee for a footballer that West Ham haven’t deemed good enough for first team football? I expect him to move on in the summer and if he does, I’d wager they get little more than £8m for him.
Whether he ends up at Villa is entirely dependent on whether they earn promotion or not.