Date: 3rd January 2017 at 4:47pm
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Unoial Villa News…

According to Sky Sports my Vital Forest editor is soon going to be very annoyed with us! Their sources ‘understand` (I love how they say that!) that Villa are set to bid for Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury. Read more: Nottingham Forest Captain Linked To Villa Switch

MOMS had an interview with Big Ron, I`ve put it in here before, but worth repeating:

The latest transfer talk, two strikers out? One keeper in? Read more: The Latest Aston Villa Transfer Talk. Keeper Coming?

Aston Villa youngster Niall Mason has extended his loan spell out with Doncaster Rovers this season. The 19 year old made the move to the Keepmoat Stadium back in the August transfer window on a half season loan that was set to expire in early January. Read more: Doncaster Extension For Mason

Manager Steve Bruce used his programme notes for the game against Leeds United to deliver his message of hope for 2017. With a turn in form – although nobody pretends performances are there yet – Villa go into 2017 sitting in tenth place in the Championship table and although we are 17 points behind Newcastle United in top spot at this minute in time, we are only six points off the last Play Off spot currently occupied by Sheffield Wednesday. Read more: Bruce’s 2017 Top Flight Aim

JuanPabloAngel: The African Cup of Nations is upon us. The moment we`ve been waiting for with about as much enthusiasm as a trip to the dentist. Talismanic striker (or is he a winger? Who knows!) Jonathan Kodjia is leaving us, possibly for a month, at a key time in the season. Read more: Ross McCormack ‘Now Is His Moment.’

After the Cardiff no show:

The provisional 26 man Ghana squad for the 2017 African Cup of Nations tournament has been revealed and Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew is on the list. Read more: Ayew Gets Ghana Call Up

The first game for Aston Villa of 2017 and well, it was all a bit 2016ish wasn’t it. A one nil loss at the Cardiff City Stadium and a performance that left Steve Bruce, like many, shaking their heads.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference Bruce certainly wasn’t going to use the fixture list at this time of year as an excuse as these players should be better and such a poor first half showing we’ve seen plenty of times before, so tiredness is not an excuse. Read more: Bruce On Cardiff Disappointment

The previous Villa Times: The Villa Times – 30/12/2016

Thought for the day: I was explaining to my wife last night that when you die you get reincarnated but must come back as a different creature. She said she would like to come back as a cow. I said ‘You’re obviously not listening.’

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