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Villa linked with Swansea duo, whilst Ayew could go other way

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Aston Villa might not be done this window just yet.

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Wales v Belgium - Quarter Final: UEFA Euro 2016
Potential signing Neil Taylor is all too familiar with Villa captain James Chester, as both starred for Wales at Euro 2016.
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This transfer window has been a busy one for Steve Bruce's Aston Villa, with five players joining the club, and three departing B6. With three days of the window to go, Villa might not be done yet.

A report in the Telegraph yesterday has linked Swansea City duo Neil Taylor and Modou Barrow with a move to Villa Park, with Jordan Ayew potentially moving in the other direction.

27 year old Taylor would replace the recently departed Aly Cissokho, and provide much needed competition at left back with Jordan Amavi. Amavi has shown glimpses of world class ability at times, but his form has severely dipped in recent weeks, and a more defensively sound fullback is much needed. Taylor would certainly fit the bill, and at the very least, is an upgrade on Aly Cissokho.

Quite what Gambian winger Modou Barrow would bring to the team meanwhile, is less obvious. The 24 year old has shown some talent during his 51 Premier League appearances for Swansea, but he hasn't really produced the goods all that often. Indeed, in that time, the winger has scored just once and provided his teammates with five assists. Hardly setting the world on fire down in South Wales. In addition, he is primarily a right winger, which isn't really a problem area, given that Albert Adomah is in good form.

But what would Swansea get in return for their two players, who have both fallen down the pecking order with the arrival of Martin Olsson and Luciano Narsingh? Jordan Ayew apparently. Villa's striker-turned-winger has had a frustrating season, not nearly hitting the heights we expected of him in the Championship. It has previously been rumoured that Ayew wants a rapid return to the Premier League, and a move to Swansea would give him that, though they are in the midst of a relegation battle.

Would this move be good for Aston Villa? It's difficult to say. Neil Taylor would be a good addition for certain, but there are is a question mark over Modou Barrow. I just don't see what he would add to Villa, especially considering that new man Birkir Bjarnason can also play out wide.

As for Jordan Ayew, I'm not totally against selling him. He has his moments of brilliance, but all too often he slows Villa down. Now, if he were to be played as a central striker, he would be essential to the club. Out on the left, not so much. It's a dilemma for Steve Bruce and co., and I'm sure glad that it isn't my decision to make.

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