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Aston Villa transfer approach for ex-Manchester United player blocked

Ravel Morrison joins the long list of players who won't be arriving in Birmingham this winter.

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Aston Villa have endured another transfer setback as Lazio have decided they would rather Ravel Morrison stayed in Italy during the summer. According to Talksport, Lazio wanted to ship Morrison out, but have seemingly changed their minds.

The ex-United and West Ham firebrand has been a bit-part player in Rome this year and looked ready to join either Bournemouth or Aston Villa on loan until his club shut that move down.

This is not the first setback Villa have had that has been outside of their control - with Seydou Doumbia and Mathieu Debuchy turning down moves to B6, whilst Croatian giant Lovre Kalinic was refused a work permit by the Home Office on two occasions. Add Lazio's refusal to shift Ravel Morrison to that growing list.

As the deadline of the 2016 window draws closer, Aston Villa look more and more likely to leave empty-handed. God knows that they tried though and at least there is that.