Throwing Out the TrashAside from releasing a host of youngsters from the club's youth set-up, David Beckham has also been at work stretching his transfer budget.
8 Aston Villa players have agreed to departures out of the clubs - with 3 of them permanent.
The first man out is the club's young striker Nathan Delfouneso who played on loan for Blackpool last season, scoring only 5 goals in 30 Championship appearances. Obviously, Beckham has not been impressed. The 22-year-old has made 30 league appearances and scored 2 league goals for Aston Villa, having joined the Lions' youth ranks as a boy. Once tipped to be the next star striker for Villa, he will now ply his trade for fellow Premier League side Fulham, for a fee of just 1 million.
Next up is Jean II Makoun, the Cameroon international who joined Aston Villa in 2011, being purchased by Gerard Houllier. After Houllier's departure, however, he failed to hold down a first-team spot at the Villans and ended up going on loan spells to Olympiakos and Stade Rennais. However, he has finally agreed a permanent move out of Villa Park, returning to the Ligue 1 where AS Saint-Etienne was willing to pay 2.5 million for him.
Young Austrian striker Andi Weimann has also agreed a move to Scottish champions Celtic for a fee of 2.5 million. Beckham has described this as "sad" and that the player had "potential to be a star player", but came to a decision to sell him after the arrivals of strikers like Mattia Destro and the prolific form of Darren Bent. However, Villa have cleverly inserted a 10 million buy-back clause into Weimann's contract at Celtic, which Beckham believes could be a "smart" move for the future.
Christian Benteke has also left Aston Villa, albeit temporarily, with Tottenham Hotspur loaning him for the season. With the Spurs missing good quality strikers up front, it is hopefully an opportunity for Benteke to get playing time.
Other notable loans out of Aston Villa are the temporary departures of Marc Albrighton and Nathan Baker to Derby and Bristol City respectively.