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Villa may have found their Bertrand replacement at left back

It's a nice idea, but it doesn't seem very plausible financially.

Tony Marshall

Paul Lambert, who we're not even sure has any transfer funds available to him, is apparently looking to nab Aaron Cresswell from Championship side Ipswich Town. The 24-year-old Cresswell was named to the PFA Championship team of the year after scoring two goals and adding thirteen assists. With Ryan Bertrand heading back to Chelsea and Joe Bennett and Antonio Luna being subpar options, Cresswell could be a big boost to Aston Villa.

Except there is the problem of money. First: do Villa have any to spend. Secondly: it seems likely that Ipswich Town will be asking a pretty high price for the defender, who is on contract through the 2016-17 season. Additionally, there is a 20% sell-on fee that would be due to Tranmere, so Ipswich may be looking for a hefty fee. Generally, players from the Championship come fairly cheaply, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Cresswell go for £5 million or so given his successful season.

And in normal circumstances, that'd probably be a fair asking price. But with the pursestrings tight at Villa, it may be too much. If the club wanted to invest the money at left back, Cresswell would be an interesting option, but I can't see it happening right now.


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