For some reason over the past couple of weeks or so, the club have been linked with a whole host of incoming transfers. Here’s a list of those we have been linked with recently:
Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town)
Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool)
Samuel Yohou (Free Agent)
Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United)
Dan Burn (Wigan)
Sean Clare (Sheffield Wednesday)
Robert Huth (Free Agent)
John McGinn (Hibernian)
While in some cases (like with Huth and Yohou) no transfer fee is needed, in most instances the fact is we don’t have the funds to bring in these players at the moment. At Vital Villa, we do report on these stories to keep you informed, but with the financial situation as it is, it does fly in the face of reality.
I’m sure that Steve Bruce and his scouts are keeping an eye on players if we do have more room for manoeuvre. However, currently, the club is reportedly desperate to find an investor just to pay the bills from Friday onwards.
Matt Maher, a journalist at the Express & Star tweeted this earlier today:
On #avfc – as of last night, understand discussions still ongoing between Tony Xia and several interested parties over investment, though nothing sorted yet. Clock ticking with fresh bills looming. Needless to say, a crucial few days ahead.
— matt maher (@mjmarr_star) June 20, 2018
Hopefully, an investor will look to buy shares in the club to help out for the time being. Documents from Companies House have revealed that shares can be sold and that a restriction on the sale of the club has been lifted.
With such immediate concerns over the club’s future, we can pretty much guarantee that there will be no signings until an investor can be found, or until Xia decides to sell up.
Like every other fan, I am hoping that these discussions with interested parties go well and that a solution can be found that not only deals with paying the bills for this month, but also give us some greater security over the long-term.
Without that security, not only we will be unable to make the moves we need in the transfer market to make us competitive next season, but the club will continue going from one crisis to another. The lack of communication from the club makes everyone that more on edge. We are left waiting around hoping for a statement that eases concerns. Until those worries are eased, I certainly won’t be worried about who we are signing this summer.