Out of all the Villa transfer stories this summer, this one seems to have dragged on the longest. A £500,000 bid for the 33-year-old has already been rejected by Stoke, but Villa look likely to submit another bid before the window closes.
So where would Glen Whelan fit in to our side? In my opinion the Republic of Ireland captain would slot in for Mile Jedinak in front of the back four. The Aussie doesn’t have the fitness to play twice a week at 100%.
Another question is where does this leave Villa’s other midfielders, as we have a surplus in this position. Surely Gary Gardener would leave if this transfer went through?
This potential move has really split the opinion of Villa fans. If Terry wants to keep on playing, I think dropping down a level to the Championship is a good decision. I can’t see him keeping up with the pace of Premier League football anymore.
Strangely enough, Terry has also been linked to Small Heath. However, I can’t see the former England captain choosing them over Villa. He was also spotted playing golf with Steve Bruce the other day. That’s evidence right there.
At first, I was heavily against this move happening, especially with Terry’s dark past. However, “Tezza” has had a fantastic career with both England and Chelsea, and would be great to have in the dressing room.
Any team with Steve Bruce at the helm will inevitably get linked with son Alex at some point. The centre-back was released from Hull last month after finding out on Twitter.
Bruce was loaned out to Wigan last season but injury meant he didn’t play a single game. Ironically, the former Northern Ireland international would be the one covering for injuries if he came to Villa, as I can’t see him being the man to break up the Chester and Baker partnership.
Don’t get me wrong, I think he would be a dependable centre-back in claret and blue, but I would rather see some younger Villa players such as Toner or Lyden deputising for Chester and Baker. Even Jedinak has done a good job at centre-back for Villa, so why buy another one?
Johnstone was a dependable performer in goal for us last season. Sure, he looked a bit suspect early on, but the Man United goalkeeper was part of the reason why our defence was so solid toward the back end of the season.
And Johnstone departing looks like a good move from a United perspective too. The keeper has been with the Red Devils professionally since 2011, but his spell at Villa was his ninth loan move. Surely, it’s time for him, at 24, to settle down with one club.
How much would he cost? Well transfermarkt.co.uk values Johnstone at 475k, but I think if Villa were to buy him it would be in the region of 1-2 million.
Apart from Johnstone, this is the main signing I would really get behind. The Burnley winger turned down a contract renewal in April, leading to several Championship clubs such as Derby and Sheffield Wednesday making kissy faces at him.
Boyd is a workhorse who will run all day. In my opinion, he was Burnley’s standout performer when they were in the Premier League two years ago, and is probably too good for the Championship.
On the other hand, Villa already have an excess of midfielders. If the former Scotland international came to Villa, where would it leave Bikir Bjanason? Also, it may mean less game time for Andre Green, who I think could really blossom next season.