Bristol City have rejected a bid of £5 million for Jonathan Kodija, according to latest reports.
Aston Villa are keen on adding the player to their ranks ahead of the forthcoming season but will have to put in more effort after their bid was snubbed.
Roberto Di Matteo is a manager who is not so known or as highly rated as many others but the accomplishments that the Italian coach has made are incredible to say the least.
When he took charge of West Bromwich Albion back on June of 2009, the club was in dismal form as they had been relegated from the Premier League and had to compete in the Championship League but after only 1 season of having taken charge of the club, Roberto Di Matteo managed to push them back to the top tier English League which is very impressive for any coach in his debut season.
Aston villa is reported to be interested in signing Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle this summer. Villa who were relegated to the lower league last season have been keeping tabs on the player who is set to leave Palace this summer.
Not just Villa, Newcastle also reportedly want the player.
The 25-year-old is reported to be looking away from the club as opportunities at Selhurst Park have increasingly been limited. He started just eight Premier League games under Alan Pardew in the last campaign and with the coach still looking out for reinforcements up front, the player would have increased competition next season.
For the first time in the history of Aston Villa, they have been relegated from the Premier League and will now have to compete in the English League Championship.
After having gone through such a disastrous season, a lot of changes have been happening and the biggest change was the takeover as the Chinese businessman Tony Jiantong Xia acquired Aston Villa for a price tag of £60m.
The new owner of Aston Villa has recently stated what he is planning to do with the English club as Xia said: "The most critical thing now is to get the right manager. We need a really good coach who knows how to play in the Championship. It's even harder than the Premiership. We need to figure out how to reorganize the team.''
Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned the team that they need to be prepared for a difficult period
Former Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert has stated that the team should be prepared for a difficult season in the Championship. Villa’s relegation was confirmed during the weekend after their defeat against Manchester United.
Paul Lambert, who spent 3 years as Aston Villa manager, has warned the team that life in the Championship is tough and that it cannot be compared to the Premier League playing style. He believes that they will need to learn how to win ugly and that they should prepare themselves mentally for next season.
Arsene Wenger has been under increasing pressure this season with some fans even calling for this replacement.
Failure to deliver the title since 2004 has caused exasperation within the Arsenal fans and they have been calling for the board to sack the French manager. Banners have been displayed regularly during football matches to call for Wenger to resign.
However Arsene Wenger has been receiving backing from both his current and former players stating that he is the best man for the job.
Remi Garde became the manager of Aston Villa back on November of 2015 as he replaced Tim Sherwood but even though the French coach has only been in charge of the Premier League club for around 4 months, he is already on the brink of getting removed from his managerial position at Villa Park.
Aston Villa’s latest result saw them losing against Swansea City with a final scoreboard of 1-0 in favour of the home team and this is the 6th successive defeat for the team of Remi Garde as they continue to struggle trying to secure triumphs on a consistent basis.
Aston Villa were given the humiliation of having to go through the replay in order to beat League Two outfit Wycombe Wanderers in the third round of the FA Cup.
Even going out and creating a major shock would have been better for the Premier League team, who appear to be going downhill with every week. Frenchman Remi Garde was brought in as the replacement for Tim Sherwood, but his arrival has done little to improve performances.Garde has tried various managerial techniques in order to get his team going but in vain. He recently lashed out at his players after the 2-0 win against Wycombe.
The season is almost approaching midway, but Aston Villa have managed only one win in the league so far.
This disastrous form sees them already cut off from the 19th placed team in the Premier League – Sunderland. Remi Garde was brought into improved results, but almost no positivity has been experienced by the team since he replaced Tim Sherwood in November. It remains to be seen if any arrivals in January will help the team. For the time being, the manager has to place his belief on the existing group of players. One of the promising names in the squad is Ghana star Jordan Ayew.
Leicester City continued their unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw against title challenging Manchester United. As a result of this point, they have also kept their own position in the top four.
It would have been unimaginable only six months ago when Nigel Pearson had guided Leicester to safety in remarkable circumstances. The club appeared doomed for relegation at this stage last season, but an amazing run of form in the last three months of the season saw Leicester City stay up.