Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill has been looking to add strength and depth to his squad that is gunning for a place in Europe and the Ulsterman has made his first signing of the month. Express and Star reports that Villa have signed the forgotten Tottenham Hotspur winger Wayne Routledge for £1.5 million on a one-and-half-year contract.
The England Under 21 international is the first January signing for the Midlands club and must be relived to have finally left behind Spurs where he had failed to cut any ice. He might had separate spells at Portsmouth and Fulham but Routledge has never been able to exhibit his schoolboy displays.
Yet at Aston Villa, he certainly has a considerable amount of hope. After all, Martin O’Neill is an intelligent man.