I’d missed this and only just spotted it, but Aston Villa’s January transfer target Leroy Fer has now been confirmed as being released by Swansea City when his contract naturally comes to an end this summer.
The 29-year-old was a reported target along with teammate Tom Carroll for head coach Dean Smith during the last transfer window, but as deadline day loomed, Fer reportedly turned against the decision and didn’t fancy a move to Villa Park.
I don’t believe injury got in the way of that but he only made seven appearances in the second half of the year, and only one (a six minute run-out) after the transfer window shut.
With it claimed that Villa were prepared to pay £2million for his services, plenty of fans feel that now he’s available as a free agent it should be a no brainer as we look to next season’s first team squad.
No matter what league, if he’s a free he should be brought in imo.
— EJ AV (@EddieAVFC96) May 18, 2019
Think he would be excellent. Good on the ball, with an engine.
— AVFC The Lions Roar (@avfc__tlr) May 18, 2019
He dominated play when he played against us this year so wouldn't be a bad signing
— ben nokes (@bennokes1) May 18, 2019
— yas (@yeezysmpc) May 18, 2019
Id take olsson n fer
— luke degilbert (@lukedeegilbert2) May 18, 2019
— Mr Thompson (@mrthompson81) May 18, 2019
With it being claimed initially that the player had made the decision to reject the deal, before subsequent reports stated that Swansea brought negotiations to an end, given the lack of game time I can only assume it was the player as if Swansea wanted to keep him, he’d have been used.
Therefore, it’s a no from me. If he didn’t fancy his chance six months ago, sod him.