Aston Villa’s hunt for a central-midfielder continues with plenty of Championship clubs hoping their star man is not the one who is poached.
David Anderson reported on Thursday that an £11million bid had been submitted for Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips but it is expected to be rejected and Dean Smith is now turning his attentions to possible alternatives and a reunion with Stoke’s Ryan Woods, according to the Mirror.
Smith oversaw the sale of Woods to the Potters from Brentford last summer in a deal for just over £6.5million but does not appear to be a favourite of Nathan Jones’.
Dean Smith has identified Ryan Woods if he fails to land Kalvin Phillips. [mirror] #avfc
— villareport (@villareport) July 11, 2019
He made 27 appearances in the Championship for them, even captaining them for six straight matches under Gary Rowett, but made just seven appearances under Jones.
It is not yet known whether or not Villa have been officially priced out of a move for Phillips, with Wolves and Bournemouth also joining the hunt according to The Mirror’s report, but Smith has certainly started looking for alternatives.
However, the Villa Park faithful are unsure on this new approach…
Basically if you're half decent and at Brentford or played under Smith at Brenford you're getting linked to villa
— Jack (@JackAvfc__) July 11, 2019
He was excellent at VP for Stoke last season. Knows Smith’s system, probably an upgrade on Hourihane too in terms of all around play and knowing the DM position.
— Harry (@HarryWR19) July 11, 2019
Please just get Kalvin
— Gabe B6 (@avfcgabe) July 11, 2019
Thats quite a step down… woods is good but Phillips is absolutely mustard.
— Scott (@CaptainScott87) July 11, 2019
oh please no
— Irish Zidane (@BigBoyWesley2) July 11, 2019
No thank you
— • (@KyleBillingham_) July 11, 2019
Woods is good but Phillips is another level.
— Paul Brookes (@Brookesy1986) July 11, 2019