Lerner: Paul WILL be backed!
Lerner still wants to sell up but has promised McGrath will get funds
With every good manager, there should be a good chairman behind him and that is what all Aston Villa fans are wondering with Villa Chairman Randy Lerner. He has the club up for sale, gave McGrath no money to spend and only gave him £5,000,000 of the £25,000,000 the club recieved for the sale of Christian Benteke but today he issued an apoligy and explained his reasoning behind the decision.
Paul McGrath has impressed this season as manager of Villa
When I hired Paul McGrath, I new he was known as 'GOD' to the Villa fans. I had personally looked him up myself because I wanted someone with the Aston Villa background to come in and try to change the fortunes of this club. He has now proven himself and although he has had some shocking defeats I think it is time I gave him some money to spend this summer to try and move us up the table even further.
This is a great club and I will be proud to say I owned it but I won't get it sold if we can not show we are moving forward so McGrathh can expect a substantial transfer budget but only if he is willing to keep the buying youth policy which he has done so well. We can properly confirm that Van Der Wiel will be joining us for £2,500,000, Benteleb will be joining for £10,000,000 with the possibility it will go upto £12,000,000 and Tom Cleverley will also be staying as we have exercised our £4,500,000 option. Mike Van Der Hoorn, however is proving a bit more difficult because Paul wants him to stay but Ajax want £19,000,000 for him and that is ridiculously overpriced so we will most probably return.
Cleverley, joins Van Der Wiel & Benteleb at Villa Park permanently
I am still looking to sell the club but will only sell if the new owners promise to keep McGrath at the club.
After the press conference in South Carolina there was mixed opinions with Aston Villa fans who are genuinely hoping that McGrath will get his funds that he has been promised. The players that Paul McGrath may well be going for are the likes of Nathanial Chalobah at Chelsea.
Richardson is on his way out of Villa Park
The twenty year old has been watched by Paul McGrath atleast half a dozen times this season and is said to be very impressed with the youngster who could well replace Kieren Richardson who is on his way to either Burnley or Queens Park Rangers. It is thought Chelsea will want around £7,500,000 but that has not put off McGrath. He is a very talented individual and I will make it happen if Chelsea want it to happen.
It is reported that McGrath wants a keeper, left back and centre back too in the summer.
It was thought that McGrath was happy with Brad Guzan but Villa, this season have let in the most of any side so it is thought he will look to either Red Star Belgrade stopper Pedrag Rajkovic or Athletic Bilboa Spanish keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Belgrade stopper Pedrag Rajkovic could make a move to England
Both keepers are fantastic young prospects, with McGrath definately going to sign one of these amazing talents.
At centre back it is realised that Joseph Yobo and Phillipe Senderos are leaving so it is looking like McGrath will look toward Lloyd Jones from Liverpool and is understood to be ready to test the resolve with a £3,000,000 bid. McGrath has also sent scouts to look at Boca central defender Juan Cruz Komar and also Roma's Italian defender Alessio Romagnoli.
The Italian defender could be on course for a £5,500,000 move and with the work permit situation seems like the better option that Komar.
Romanian under 21 international Nicolae Vasile could also join Aston Villa along with Dorin Rotariu in the near future
In the left back department it is understood that Paul McGrath wants competition for Aly Cissokho so he has been watching Rapid Bucharest's Romanian under 21 international Nicolae Vasile. He has had a awesome season this season and with the scouts going He could well join fellow Romanian Dorin Rotariu in the near future.