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Sport Southampton looking to deal double blow to Aston Villa

20:20  07 june  2018
20:20  07 june  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Aston Villa settle tax bill but financial concerns remain

  Aston Villa settle tax bill but financial concerns remain Villa have been plunged into uncertainty after failing to return to the Premier League. They lost the Championship final 1-0 to Fulham last month and face a third season out of the top flight.Xia has confirmed the club faces “severe FFP challenges” and that Villa need to be a sustainable club. © Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images A fan of Aston Villa reacts during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London, England.

Dusan Tadic scored twice as Southampton eased past relegated Aston Villa to keep alive their faint hopes of European football. Shane Long netted an early header then raced onto Leandro Bacuna's awful backpass and squared for Tadic to double the lead.

So, if both these deals come off, expect Wednesday fans to be far from happy with Aston Villa this summer. As reported by The Mirror, Aston Villa look to have beaten off a whole host of Only two players hit double figures for Wednesday last season, Atdhe Nuhiu with 11 and Gary Hooper with 10.

Southampton, according to a report in the Daily Mail, are looking to take full advantage of Aston Villa’s current financial woes by weighing up a double bid for Andre Green and Keinan Davis.

It’s no secret that the Midlands club need to raise around £40 million in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, so they are now willing to listen to reasonable offers for their best players this summer. This will open up the door for academy players to be promoted to the main squad.

20-year-old Davis and 19-year-old Green, who, between them, have already made over 60 appearances for the senior side, are expected to feature heavily next season for the Claret and Blue.

West Ham lead Southampton in the chase for Fredericks

  West Ham lead Southampton in the chase for Fredericks Southampton are set to miss out on Ryan Fredericks, with West Ham in talks to sign the Fulham star. Sky Sports have reported that Crystal Palace were also interested in the out-of-contract right-back, but the Hammers are leading the Eagles and the Saints in the race for his signature. Fredericks was a huge part of Fulham’s successful campaign, as they secured promotion back to the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the play-off final at Wembley last weekend. It has also been reported that the Cottagers have been in contract talks with the 25-year-old since November, but no deal has been agreed thus far. With Jeremy Pied’s contract expiring at the end of next month, Southampton will be looking for another right-back, with current first-choice Cedric Soares’ future at the club in the balance. But even if the Portuguese international does opt to stay on the South Coast, Saints will still need a back-up or at least competition for Cedric.

Southampton are seeking European football whilst Villa are looking to restore what little pride they have left. 30' CHANCE! Southampton nearly double their lead as a loose ball drops to van Djik but the Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Aston Villa vs Southampton in the Premier League.

Aston Villa 0-0 Southampton : Paul Lambert on "massive" point. We are creating them and look like a team fighting to win the Premier League so I am happy with the effort.

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However, considering the financial state the club is in, Villa owner Tony Xia could sanction the sale of these talented youngsters.

Southampton, who avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth, struggled to score goals last season (averaging less than one a game), so Mark Hughes is on the lookout for talented attackers to ensure that next season is a much more comfortable one.

There’s no doubt that losing the services of these mercurial players would be a huge blow to Steve Bruce, but perhaps a great bargain for Southampton at reported prices of £3-4 million.

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Lampard urged to make John Terry his first Derby signing .
New Derby County manager Frank Lampard should make John Terry his first signing, according to Harry Redknapp. Speaking on TalkSPORT, Redknapp urged Lampard to look no further than his former teammate following his release from Aston Villa. “John Terry… what a signing he’d be! I would still take him for another year; he’s a great professional and great around the place. That would be an interesting one. Jody Morris [Lampard’s rumoured assistant] and John are big pals, so that fits nicely that one.” Terry left Villa following their defeat in the play-off final against Fulham. The former Chelsea defender has not hidden his intention to play on for another season, but that now looks like it will be away from Villa Park. Lampard was unveiled as the new Derby County boss on Thursday morning and there has already been speculation that Terry could be in his sights. The former Chelsea and England midfielder is believed to be working on a tight budget with the Rams, so a free transfer may be an appealing option for the club, despite Terry’s wage demands.

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