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One final piece of transfer business left for Gerrard as winger transfer nears for Villa

Steven Gerrard Rangers manager

Aston Villa are expected to finalise one final transfer deal of the winter window with unwanted winger Trezeguet likely to return to Turkish football.

It proved a busy January for Villa, with Steven Gerrard overseeing his first window at the club sice taking charge. His presence as manager has been influential already. Without him, the loan signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona would have seemed unthinkable.

In addition to Gerrard’s former Liverpool teammate, they have added left-back Lucas Digne from Everton and goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan from Roma.

In terms of departures, Villa have allowed Anwar El Ghazi to spend the rest of the season with Everton. A number of fringe players and academy products have also been loaned elsewhere.

However, there still remains time for one final departure this winter with Trezeguet strongly linked with Istanbul Basaksehir.

Indeed, we reported last week how Villa had already received an approach from the Super Lig side.

The Turkish transfer window shuts on Tuesday and the Birmingham Mail still expects the deal to be finalised.

Trezeguet is currently away with Egypt preparing for Sunday night’s African Cup of Nations final against Senegal. His last appearance for Villa before heading off for the tournament came on January 2, when he came on for the last 10 minutes of a loss to Brentford.

Time up for unwanted Villa man

It was Trezeguet’s first appearance of the season for Villa (after returning from a knee injury) and it may have been his last if Basaksehir get their way.

Trezeguet playing for Aston Villa

Turkish champions in 2020, they finished mid-table the season after and are currently eighth out of 20 in the present campaign.

Villa are unlikely to stand in Trezeguet’s way if he wants to leave, although his contract lasts until 2023.

The 27-year-old has made a total of 64 appearances for Villa since joining them in 2019 from Kasimpasa. He has scored nine goals and supplied five assists since.

Now, though, he may be set for a return to Turkish football. He previously scored 25 goals from 71 Kasimpasa appearances.

Trezeguet exit makes sense for Villa

Earlier this year, one pundit supported the idea that Villa could offload Trezeguet.

Noel Whelan told Football Insider: “It could raise funds, so absolutely.

“Some clubs don’t always have the luxury of keeping these players on big contracts while also going out and buying another big player.

“Sometimes you’ve got to cut one loose if you want to bring another in. That’s just the way of the world with most clubs and their financial situations right now.

“There’s no point keeping players if they’re not in your plans. If you can move them on with loan-to-buy deals and get the wages out of the club, then do that.

“It works both ways, Aston Villa could then use that money to bring players in – perhaps also on a loan-to-buy basis.”

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