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Aston Villa Plan Move to Sign Three New Signings, Hamstrung By £40k a Week Wage Restrictions

by The Newshound

Alex McLeish

Villa Park side on a strict budget.

Aston Villa’s new wage restrictions are in danger of pricing them out of a move for Bosman striker Andy Johnson.

MirrorSport revealed on March 14 Villa boss Alex McLeish is chasing Fulham’s ex-England forward Johnson, who has 11 goals this term.

McLeish has been told to rebuild Villa this summer using mainly free signings.

He fancies Johnson but Villa owner Randy Lerner has decreed all new recruits must not earn more than £40,000-a-week.

McLeish has secured the signature of Bosman midfielder Brett Holman already.

But Villa scouts are also out searching for a striker, a holding midfielder and a new left-back, placing Stephen Warnock’s future into doubt.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

It’s kind of like being told you’ve won a million on the lottery and then told you have to share with a million other winners. In today’s transfer market it seems highly unlikely Alex McLeish will be able to land quality signings if he isn’t able to offer significant wages to any prospective new signing.

That is doubly so when it comes to free transfer signings as those player would expect an even better salary on the grounds that they cost nothing to buy, so it’s not surprise that Fulham striker Andy Johnson wouldn’t accept such a move. You can’t really blame Villa Park chairman Randy Lerner for trying to rein in spending but it’s a situation that could result in a further decline of the Midlands giants.

McLeish hasn’t done a great job in his first season in charge of the club but to be fair he arrived and lost the services of arguably three of the club’s best performers in Brad Friedel, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, players who were sold to the tune of around £37m.

The Scot then proceeded to spend less than half of those funds to bring in Shay Given, Alan Hutton and Charles N’Zogbia and may have felt the need for more cash in the summer, cash that now seems unlikely to be forthcoming.

Could be a long hard summer for the club. Oh and they are still not safe from the drop either.

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