Villa: From The Dumps To The Brink Of Greatness
Transfer Deadline Day: As it happened
Aston Villa had an interesting deadline day today as they tried to sell the deadwood and allow Steven Gerrard to try to do some business and there were moves both in and out of the club, which we will find out about now.
Date: September 1st 2015
Aston Villa receive five loan offers for promising striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy from Stevenage, Morecambe, York, Northampton and Newport, which gave the young 17 year old a big choice. Stevenage have former England striker Teddy Sheringham in charge and the youngster decided to go for Stevenage because of Sheringham.
Brighton launched a bid to sign left back Kieran Richardson for £575,000. He would be dropping down a division but would also get more first team football with a side who has a chance of winning promotion. With the defender knowing he will not get first team football, he jumped in his car and started travelling down to Brighton.
19 year old Dutch midfielder Stijn Lamers signs for Villa for free. The Dutchman signs for free from FC Eindhoven and manager Steven Gerrard believes he has bagged Villa a star of the future. This player has been watched in each of his three appearances and we decided to move straight away for him. He is going to be producing big things in three to four season's time.
Logan signs forVilla but will spend rest of season at MK Dons
Villa then went to MK Dons and bought 16 year old Hugo Logan for £250,000 plus numerous add-ons but loaned him straight back to MK Dons. The midfielder, who is thought to have a great career in football ahead of him but also has a lot of work ahead of him too.
Harry McKirdy has also been sent out on loan today with York winning his signature. The 18 year old is looking to get game time to improve his development and he is really looking forward to the challenge.
Richardson moves to Brighton
Richardson has decided to move away from Aston Villa, by agreeing terms with Brighton on a 3 year deal and a transfer fee believed to be £575,000 the player who played just 22 times last season after moving for free will start pastures new in the Championship.
With only four hours of the window remaining, Leicester City have come in with a £3,500,000 for Carlos Sanchez, Villa accept the bid and word is given to Sanchez to make his way to Leicester to talk contract but will it go through in time?
Gareth Barry could be on his way back to play for Villa
Aston Villa launch £3,200,000 for Everton's Gareth Barry but Everton want time to think it over so Villa manager Steven Gerrard also bids for £2,600,000 for AZ's Norwegian defensive midfielder Markus Henriksen.
Carlos Sanchez refuses first contract offered by Leicester and describes it as grossly unfair but Leicester say they will sit down with him again and revisit the contract on offer.
Due to the on going talks with Sanchez and Leicester, the move Gareth Barry has been pulled with Barry half way from Liverpool to Villa to discuss terms so he will be staying put.
Carlos Sanchez agrees to a 4 year deal worth £32,500 a week and Villa secure £3,500,000 for there troubles.
8.30pm (30 minutes until window closes)
Henriksen arrives for talks over a £2,600,000 move. It is understood that Villa know this will be touch and go whether he signs or not.
Markus Henriksen agrees a deal to sign for Villa, but the secretary forgets to process the information.
The transfer details are processed with one minute to spare, but Villa get news that they are too late so have missed out on signing Henriksen and Barry on what was a very frustrating transfer deadline day.
Well ultimately a very disappointing day for Villa manager Stevie G as he only landed Lamer and Logan. The failed bid for former captain Gareth Barry can be seen as unfortunate but the missed signing of Henriksen is there own fault. Villa have signed well this window though so let see how they do.