Aston Villa

English Championship

Steve Bruce reveals transfer plan, says club will do their best to sign Championship star

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Aston Villa are desperate to sign Sam Johnstone from Manchester United on a permanent deal.

The highly talented shot-stopper has been a key player for Steve Bruce at Aston Villa and the Championship outfit are ready to make the loan move permanent now.

Johnstone has conceded just 18 goals in 20 appearances for Villa this season.

Steve Bruce comments on player's 'ludicrous situation', Aston Villa should sign him in January

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has hit out at Premier League giants Liverpool for their misuse of Dominic Solanke.

The former Chelsea youth star has rarely played for the first team this season and Bruce believes that these players should be allowed to play regularly in the lower leagues.

The 20-year-old forward, who was handed his senior England debut against Brazil earlier this month, has played just 84 minutes in the Premier League so far.

This player should wave goodbye to Stoke; would be great for Aston Villa, Leeds or Middlesbrough

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes says he is is ready to offer a new contract to Peter Crouch.

In the words of The Courteeners – what took you so long?

The former England striker is Stoke’s top scorer with four goals in all competitions, despite spending much of the season warming the bench.

Aston Villa tipped to boost promotion hopes with 7/1 return against Ipswich

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Championship pundit David Prutton has backed Aston Villa to boost their promotion hopes with a victory over Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Villa’s 2-1 success over Sunderland on Tuesday left them fourth in the table, five points behind second-placed Cardiff City.

Prutton has tipped Steve Bruce’s side to repeat that scoreline (7/1 at Sky Bet) this weekend.

Aston Villa lining up January move for former Leeds target, he would be a terrific addition

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Aston Villa are looking to add their squad during the January transfer window and it seems that the Bologna defender Filip Helander is a target for Steve Bruce.

According to reports in Italy, Aston Villa are lining up a move for the 24-year-old defender.

Helander has been linked with a move to Leeds United in the past but the Whites never quite managed to secure his services.

Steve Bruce confirms 'huge blow' after Sunderland win, Villa star ruled out for several months

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that Jonathan Kodjia is set to undergo an ankle surgery and he will be ruled out for several months.

Kodjia picked up an injury playing for Ivory Coast during the international break.

Major blow for Bruce, Aston Villa could lose key star in January because of this contract clause

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Aston Villa could lose star goalkeeper Sam Johnstone during the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old has been sensational under Steve Bruce this season and West Brom are lining up a move for him.

According to reports, Manchester United have an option to recall the player from his loan spell in January and if West Brom submit a concrete offer for him, a transfer is very much on the cards.

Aston Villa star sends out important message on social media, the fans will be delighted

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Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has confirmed on his Instagram account that he will return to action soon.

The 31-year-old forward has been sidelined with a calf injury but he is back exercising on a bike now and he should return to full training soon.

Agbonlahor has missed the last two months with injury and his return could not have been timed better.

11 goals this season: Aston Villa looking to sign prolific forward, January bid already lined up

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Aston Villa are looking to add to their striking unit and the Championship outfit are thought to be keeping tabs on the Scottish forward Connor Shields.

Shields has been in fine form for Albion Rovers this season and he could be an interesting addition to Steve Bruce’s side.

As per reports, Villa are lining up a January bid for the player.

Explosive PL midfielder wants to play for Steve Bruce, eyeing Aston Villa move in January

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Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame is frustrated with the lack of regular first-team football and he is keen on a move away from the club.

According to Daily Mirror (via HITC), the combative box-to-box midfielder is eyeing a reunion with former boss Steve Bruce.

It will be interesting to whether Aston Villa make a move for the Premier League midfielder in January.

Villa boss Steve Bruce brands Birmingham City as ‘absolute giants’ after 0-0 draw

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has given his verdict on the 0-0 draw against local rivals Birmingham City in the Championship at St. Andrew’s on Sunday.

Villa hit the crossbar twice late in the game but unfortunately for Bruce, the game ended in a stalemate. The draw puts Villa at sixth on the table, seven points behind league leaders Sheffield United.

Championship expert tips tempting 60/1 Birmingham City v Aston Villa

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Top Championship pundit David Prutton expects Sunday’s Midlands derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa to be a thriller.

The two sides head into the weekend at opposite ends of the Championship table, with City down in 21st while Villa are riding high in 5th position.

Villa have held the upper hand over their big rivals in recent years, losing just one of their last 12 meetings.

Steve Bruce makes exciting transfer claim; Villa want to sign this player, fans will be very happy

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Aston Villa are determined to hold on to Sam Johnstone beyond this season.

The Manchester United goalkeeper has been outstanding for the Villans this season and Steve Bruce wants to turn the loan move into a permanent one.

Bruce said: “We will do everything in our power (to buy him from Manchester United).

Aston Villa want to sign Spurs wonderkid on a permanent deal

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Championship side Aston Villa want to tie down on loan Spurs youngster Josh Onomah on a permanent deal, admits Steve Bruce.

Onomah joined Villa on a season long loan deal in the summer transfer window. The 20-year-old midfielder has been in spectacular form this season for Bruce’s side and put in another stand out performance in Villa’s 2-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday.

Aston Villa want highly talented star's replacement, chief scout has been monitoring this target

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Aston Villa are looking to secure a permanent replacement for Sam Johnstone and the Championship outfit have identified Joe Lewis as a target.

The Manchester United shot-stopper has been excellent for Villa so far this season but his loan expires at the end of this season. Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis is very experienced and he could be the ideal replacement for Johnstone.

Villa midfielder eyeing fifth win in a row, Wolves will be the acid test

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Glenn Whelan believes Aston Villa have finally started to demonstrate their promotion credentials.

After an indifferent start to the season Villa have won four in a row to move within five points of Championship leaders Cardiff City.

They visit fellow promotion hopefuls Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday and Whelan thinks they continue their excellent run of form.

Villa want Manchester United goalkeeper on a permanent deal

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted that the club would like to sign Sam Johnstone, on loan from Manchester United, on a permanent deal in January.

The 24-year-old is enjoying his second loan spell in Birmingham and has played in every Championship game this season, keeping five clean sheets in the process.

Odds update: Aston Villa set for profitable afternoon against Bolton

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Championship pundit David Prutton is backing Aston Villa to continue their march up the table with a victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

After an indifferent start to the season Villa have won three in a row to move up to eighth in the standings.

Bolton are rooted to the foot of the table with just two points from ten games and Prutton told Sky Sports he fancies Villa to record a 3-0 success.

Odds update: Aston Villa cut for title, Wolves and Leeds on the slide

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Aston Villa’s upturn in form has led to their odds to win the Championship title being slashed.

Steve Bruce’s side are down to 10/1 to finish top after a three game winning win fired them up to eighth in the table.

Villa are seven points behind leaders Cardiff City, and five behind second placed Sheffield United.

On This Day in Football: The Birmingham Derby kicks off

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On this day in 1879, the first ever Birmingham Derby took place with Birmingham City winning 1-0 against Aston Villa.

Like many other football clubs of that era, the two clubs’ origins lie in cricket…and the church. Both were formed by members of cricket clubs who were looking for a recreational activity for the winter months.

Warburton left frustrated as Villa clinch victory against Forest

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Nottingham Forest succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday marking their sixth straight loss in all competitions.

Daryl Murphy’s second half strike cancelled out Albert Adomah’s opener for Villa but Forest’s profligacy in front of goal proved to be fatal as Villa grabbed the winner through a Conor Hourihane free-kick.

Odds update: Jonathan Kodjia the key as Aston Villa promotion odds tumble

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Jonathan Kodjia didn’t get score for Aston Villa against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, but his all-round performance bodes well for their promotion hopes this season.

Kodjia had a hand in both goals as Villa secured a 2-1 victory to move up to 10th in the Championship and further ease the pressure on manager Steve Bruce.

Championship

Aston Villa fancied to deliver 15/2 bookie-basher against Millwall

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David Prutton insists Aston Villa should be beating sides like Millwall if they’re serious about winning promotion to the Premier League.

Villa are currently fifth in the Championship, seven points behind second placed Cardiff City, and Prutton believes Steve Bruce’s side can’t afford to lose any more ground.

Top pundit sweet on Leeds delivering 22/1 return against Aston Villa

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Championship pundit David Prutton believes Leeds United can put a temporary halt on Aston Villa’s Championship promotion push.

Leeds head into Friday’s game in eighth place, six points behind Villa who are fourth.

Prutton has backed Albert Adomah to score first for the visitors, but he expects Leeds to fight back to secure a 1-1 draw (22/1 at Sky Bet).

Aston Villa can deliver 2/1 away day special at Preston North End

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Aston Villa visit Preston North End on Wednesday aiming to climb back into the Championship play-off places.

Villa head into the game eighth in the table, but can go above Derby County into fifth if they win at Deepdale.

After a promising start to the season Preston have gone off the boil in recent weeks, with a defensive crisis giving manager Alex Neil major selection problems.

Manchester United

Michael Carrick to turn down moves to West Brom and Leicester

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Retro Football: Fondly Remembering The Halcyon Days Of The Coca Cola Cup And Its Club-Coloured Can Adverts, 1994 (Photos)

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The League Cup has bounced from sponsor to sponsor over the years, with Littlewoods, Rumbelows, Worthington's, Carling, Capital One and even the national Milk Marketing Board all paying through the snout to ally their marque with English football's tertiary tournament since 1981.

Set-Piece Pioneers: Man Utd Pair Ryan Giggs And David Beckham Attempt Simultaneous Freekick Routine, 2001 (Video)

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In the first of what we might turn into a semi-regular series on Pies, we examine some of the oddest, most esoteric set-pieces to have ever been unleashed, both in anger and in muddled incompetence.

Three games into the 2001/02 season, Manchester United came up against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Man Utd keeper set for January transfer

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Bruce hints Aston Villa will look to sign highly talented star in January, fans should be excited

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Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone has been very impressive for Aston Villa and Steve Bruce is keen on signing the player on a permanent deal.

Johnstone is currently enjoying his second loan spell at Villa Park and the 24-year-old has established himself as the club’s number one shot-stopper.

Keinan Davis: Man Utd and Arsenal tracking starlet

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Barry breaks record for Premier League appearances

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London (AFP) – Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record as the West Bromwich Albion midfielder played his 633rd game in Monday’s clash against Arsenal.

Barry was named Albion captain at the Emirates Stadium in honour of his milestone moment and received a warm reception from both Arsenal and West Brom fans before kick-off.

Albion’s Barry breaks record for Premier League appearances

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London (AFP) – Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record as the West Bromwich Albion midfielder played his 633rd game in Monday’s clash against Arsenal.

Barry was named Albion captain at the Emirates Stadium in honour of his milestone moment and received a warm reception from both Arsenal and West Brom fans before kick-off.

Albion’s Barry breaks record for Premier League appearances

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London (AFP) – Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record as the West Bromwich Albion midfielder played his 633rd game in Monday’s clash against Arsenal.

Barry was named Albion captain at the Emirates Stadium in honour of his milestone moment and received a warm reception from both Arsenal and West Brom fans before kick-off.

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Jedinak back in Australia squad for World Cup play-off vs Honduras

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Sydney (AFP) – Captain Mile Jedinak was on Wednesday named in an extended Australia squad for next month’s two-leg World Cup play-off against Honduras with Bristol City defender Bailey Wright also returning from injury.

The Socceroos face home-and-away clashes against the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF federation for a spot at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

Jedinak back in Australia squad for World Cup play-off vs Honduras

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Sydney (AFP) – Captain Mile Jedinak was on Wednesday named in an extended Australia squad for next month’s two-leg World Cup play-off against Honduras with Bristol City defender Bailey Wright also returning from injury.

The Socceroos face home-and-away clashes against the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF federation for a spot at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

Hogan, O’Brien win first Ireland call-ups for qualifiers

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Dublin (AFP) – Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan and Millwall’s Aiden O’Brien received their first call-ups by the Republic of Ireland ahead of their decisive World Cup qualifiers.

Martin O’Neill’s side face Moldova and Wales in their last two Group D games next month as they look to keep their hopes of reaching Russia next year alive.

Leagues: Championship

Where to find Wolves vs. Aston Villa on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Wolves vs. Aston Villa in the Championship, you’ve come to the right place.

The first Wolves-Aston Villa derby of the season kicks off in the Championship at 12:30pm ET on Saturday for viewers in the United States. While the game isn’t on television, you can stream it to your TV, smartphone, tablet or computer by following the steps below.

Where to find Wolves vs. Aston Villa on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Wolves vs. Aston Villa in the Championship, you’ve come to the right place.

The first Wolves-Aston Villa derby of the season kicks off in the Championship at 12:30pm ET on Saturday for viewers in the United States. While the game isn’t on television, you can stream it to your TV, smartphone, tablet or computer by following the steps below.

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On This Day in Football: Violence in Birmingham, Hilarity in Tallinn

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On this day in 1976, Aston Villa played Glasgow Rangers in a friendly. The game had to be abandoned in the 53rd minute as fights erupted all across Villa Park resulting in one of the worst episodes of hooliganism in Britain’s football history.

Trouble had erupted way before the Rangers faithful arrived in Birmingham.