According to Express and Star, Birkir Bjarnason ‘could leave’ if Aston Villa receive ‘appropriate offers’ and sign a replacement before the January transfer window shuts. The 30-year-old has recently returned from injury but was left out of the matchday squad in Villa’s 2-1 win over Ipswich which has raised doubts over his future at the club.
Bjarnason has made 15 Championship appearances this season, scoring two goals. The Icelandic international was in and out of the side earlier in the campaign under former manager Steve Bruce, featuring in only four of Villa’s first nine games of the season. Since Dean Smith replaced the 58-year-old in October, Bjarnason has made three league starts.
With Glenn Whelan returning from injury to go straight back into the side against Ipswich at the expense of Bjarnason, the Express and Star believe that is proof he’s no longer wanted by the club. The midfielder has made 52 appearances since his move from FC Basel two years ago, but Bjarnason’s time could be up.
Villa have been linked with a replacement in Isaac Hayden, but Newcastle are yet to sanction a loan move for the 23-year-old.