Villa Park’s new boss ready to take level of hatred up a notch.
Aston Villa’s new manager Alex McLeish given £40m in transfer funds and targets Scott Dann – report
New Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has apparently been handed £40 million in transfer funds to help him strengthen the Villans’ squad for the coming season.
The News of the World reports that McLeish is looking to make Birmingham City defender Scott Dann his first signing, something that would anger fans of his former club.
McLeish has reportedly been told that he must find £15m to secure Dann’s signature, although competition from Stoke, Liverpool and Arsenal could well force the price higher. Stoke have apparently already bid £12 million for Dann’s services, so competition looks set to be fierce.
Alex McLeish will also look to bring in Birmingham City keeper Ben Foster as a replacement for Brad Friedel, who left for Tottenham prior to his appointment as Villa Park boss. The new Aston Villa manager may need even more in the way of private security if he follows up his move from St Andrews’ to their arch rivals by also nabbing two of his former club’s top talents.
Scott Dann missed a huge chunk of last season, a fact that more than likely led to the Midlands club getting relegated. The Liverpool born centre back will cost a pretty penny though but that doesn’t seem to be an issue as Villa owner Randy Lerner looks to back his contentious appointment with significant transfer funds.
Aston Villa could well do with a defensive shake-up after last season conceding their most goals since the 1986=87 season.