Tag: Per Mertesacker

Rangers rival Cats for defender

Sunderland boss David Moyes remains interested in Joleon Lescott but Rangers have already held talks with the Aston Villa defender. Moyes is after an experienced centre-back and has targeted Lescott, who he worked with at Everton, as he’s available following Villa’s relegation down to the Championship. The Black Cats boss may have to move quickly

Middlesbrough sign Valencia defender

Barragan made just one substitute appearance while at Liverpool – a Champions League qualifying match in 2005-06 Middlesbrough have signed Valencia defender Antonio Barragan on a three-year deal. The 29-year-old has made over 100 appearances for Valencia, scoring twice, after spells at Deportivo La Coruna and Valladolid. The right-back also has English experience, having been

Under-21s offer Villa hope – Traore

Adama Traore says Aston Villa have hope for the future in the shape of their promising Under-21 side. Traore, who has been out injured in recent weeks, has featured for Kevin MacDonald’s young team and says he has been impressed with some of the rising stars in the academy. Jack Grealish is probably the most

Villa braced for Clarets’ midfield swoop

Burnley have been linked with a summer swoop to sign Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood if they secure Premier League promotion. The Clarets are on course for an immediate return to the top flight this season, as they occupy top spot in the Championship on goal difference ahead of Middlesbrough and Brighton with arguably the

Black confident of Villa revival

Caretaker boss Eric Black has backed Aston Villa to recover from relegation and get back into the top flight. Results over the weekend still left them with a mathematical chance of overhauling Norwich and climbing to 17th, but in reality everyone connected to the club is preparing for life in the Championship. Villa’s 2-1 defeat