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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has made it clear that defender Ron Vlaar is not for sale.

There has been interest for Vlaar after his impressive World Cup performance but the Aston Villa defender has been labeled not for sale. Paul Lambert is under pressure to improve his team's performance and the loss of Vlaar would be huge. Ron Vlaar has a year left on his contract but Lambert is determined to get Vlaar to agree to an extension soon. Vlaar's fantasy value can increase as Villa's defense improves with the return of Jores Okore.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 23 - 4:45 PM

Jores Okore featured in Aston Villa's friendly against Mansfield and partnered Ciaran Clark at center-back.

Okore missed the majority of last season with an ACL tear but has recovered in time for the new season. Okore will likely partner Ron Vlaar in central-defense once fully healthy and Aston Villa can have one of the more solid center-back partnerships in the Premier League. Okore is extremely cheap in the Yahoo Fantasy game and is a great filler for your bench or your starting lineup if you need extra money to spend up top.
Jul 20 - 3:15 PM

Joe Cole made his Aston Villa debut in a friendly against Mansfield which ended 3-1 in Villa's favor.

Cole played the entire first half and looked healthy in the process. With that being said, he's had a series of injuries in the past few years and is too much of a risk to play in fantasy. Cole will probably be coming off the bench for Aston Villa and we don't anticipate him being a difference maker. In the case Cole earns a starting spot at Aston Villa, he could be a cheap filler for your fantasy bench.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 3:07 PM

Paul Lambert has come out to say that Darren Bent is still an option for him at Aston Villa.

Bent was deemed surplus last season and hasn't featured in Lambert's team for over a year before scoring two goals in Villa's first friendly a few days ago. Villa have been trying to unload the striker but haven't been able to get anyone interested and this could just be a ploy to trick someone to take his wages. Either way, we don't anticipate Bent to be a good fantasy option in the coming season.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 2:58 PM

New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman had admitted that Ron Vlaar is a possible target for Southampton if Dejan Lovren forces a move away from the Saints.

There have been rumors about Lovren being unhappy at Southampton and that he is trying to force a move to Liverpool. If he can force the move, Southampton will need to replace him and Ron Vlaar is reportedly a target. Vlaar had an amazing World Cup, leading his Netherlands side to a third-place finish. Vlaar's fantasy value would be about the same whether he leaves Aston Villa or goes to Southampton.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 2:47 PM

West Ham are reportedly interested in taking Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on loan as a boost to their attack.

With Joe Cole gone and West Ham struggling for goals last season, the Hammers have been making big improvements to their attack this summer and Atsu would be the icing on the cake. The young winger had a great World Cup and has been hyped up for the past few years as the future of Ghana. Chelsea have enough attacking midfielders on their books so they can afford to loan out Atsu if they think he'll benefit from the constant first team action. Jose Mourinho wants to use Atsu in pre-season matches before he decides whether to loan him out. Atsu's fantasy appeal would be exponentially higher at West Ham than at Chelsea due to playing time.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 12 - 11:45 AM

Aston Villa's Yacouba Sylla will likely join Turkish club Kayseri Erciyesspor on a season-long loan this season.

Sylla was out of favour at Aston Villa last season and found himself on the bench at most times. Sylla only started six matches and wasn't impressive for the Claret and Blue. The 23 year old will hope to improve his form in Turkey so he can one day established himself as an option for Aston Villa but those days are far from now. He will not be a fantasy option in the near future.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 12 - 11:26 AM

Aston Villa defender Janoi Donacien has signed a new two-year deal to stay with Aston Villa.

The defender came up through Villa's youth system and has followed Gary Gardner and Callum Robinson in signing a two-year deal to stay with Villa. The 20-year old is expected to get a good run with Villa in pre-season matches and he hopes to get some experience playing in the FA Cup this season. The goal is to develop him into a Premier League defender in the next few years.
Source: Sky
Jul 3 - 7:29 PM

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is expected to talk to Ron Vlaar, Fabian Delph, and Gabby Agbonlahor about their futures at the club as soon as they return from summer vacation.

Ron Vlaar is still competing in the World Cup as his Netherlands side faces Costa Rica on Saturday. He will be allowed extra time off to recover from the World Cup. When the players return, they will discuss their future with Paul Lambert. All three players are important to Villa and considering the Claret and Blue don't have a lot of money for transfers, keeping their players will be top priority.
Jul 3 - 7:18 PM

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is once again limited to a very strict budget this summer.

Paul Lambert is reportedly limited to spending £10million on new signings this summer. The Villa manager has been under a lot of pressure to perform well but hasn't been given the funds to make that a reality. He has been blamed more often than not, even though the few good players Villa own have been injured often. The tight budget has led to the signings of Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos, both of whom are mediocre and past their prime.
Jun 30 - 12:45 PM

Aston Villa's Darren Bent is wanted by Turkish giants Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce.

Bent hasn't been able to find a spot in Paul Lambert's rotation and was out on loan to Fulham last season. Aston Villa are once again limited financially so they will try to get rid of as many players they are not using as possible. Bent is past his prime but he has enough quality to be useful in the Turkish league. We believe his time as a Premier League striker is over, regardless of whether he goes to Turkey or not.
Jun 30 - 12:35 PM

Championship squad Rotherham have signed Aston Villa forward Jordan Bowery for an undisclosed fee.

Bowery played a few matches for Villa last season when Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak were both injured but didn't impress enough to stay in the Premier League. Bowery can be exciting at times but overall lacks the skill necessary to be a starting Premier League striker. He is only 22 years of age and could one day develop enough to play in the BPL but that time is not now.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 10 - 3:59 PM

Aston Villa have signed Joe Cole to a two year deal on a free transfer.

This is one of more surprising moves of the summer as we didn't really expect Joe Cole to get another Premier League gig. He has suffered through a series of injuries in the past few years and has not been able to provide meaningful contributions in this league. He has slowed down and is not longer the player he used to be. Cole confirmed during his first interview as a Villa player that he'd be playing as a central attacking midfielder. The good news is that he doesn't need a ton of speed to play there but there is no reason to believe Cole can stay healthy for big parts of the season. What makes this even harder to understand is that Villa let Marc Albrighton walk away. Albrighton is a better, younger version of Cole. Villa need a new ownership and front office before they go even deeper in the hole.
Jun 10 - 3:52 PM

Joe Cole is set to undergo a medical exam at Aston Villa ahead of signing a two-year contract.

Cole was released by West Ham after his contract expired and has been looking for a new home. The former England international has had a very tough few years due to a series of injuries and has missed extended time year after year. Villa are taking a risk by signing him but he is reportedly taking a big pay cut to go to Villa. Aston Villa could use him if he can stay healthy but that is quite the wish. Cole shouldn't be used in any fantasy leagues.
Source: TalkSport
Jun 9 - 5:18 PM

Ron Vlaar helped the Netherlands keep a clean sheet in their 2-0 win over Wales in a World Cup warm-up match.

Vlaar is a very important player for the Netherlands and he played well against Wales today. The Netherlands are in a very tough group and they'll need their defense to play extremely well if they want to advance past the group stages. Arjen Robben and Jeremain Lens scored the goals for the Dutch. Robin van Persie limped off the pitch but Louis van Gaal stated after the game that RvP is healthy and the substitution was just a precaution. Expect van Persie to be ready to play in the group stages.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 4 - 7:46 PM


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