The Daily Mail understands that Aston Villa are pushing to sign West Ham United winger Robert Snodgrass. This however would have to be an initial loan deal to avoid the risk of Financial Fair Play implications against the Sky Bet Championship promotion favourites.
Steve Bruce’s men opened their campaign with a 1-1 home draw with Hull City, Snodgrass’ former club, on Saturday evening. They follow it back with a trip to Colchester United in the Carabao Cup this evening, where Bruce is expected to ring the changes. The addition of Snodgrass would further enhance their wide options within the squad.
The 29-year-old has found it exceptionally difficult to make a name for himself whilst with the Hammers. He made the move from Hull only in January, making just 15 appearances for the club. He is unlikely to start the new season in Slaven Bilic’s intended starting eleven, so the former Leeds United man could be tempted to make the move elsewhere, at least on loan.
Aston Villa started in a 4-2-3-1 formation versus Hull, with summer recruit Ahmed Elmohamady on one side, with usual striker Gabby Agbonlahor down the other. Whilst there are also the likes of Andre Green and Albert Adomah within Bruce’s squad, he surely wouldn’t turn down the chance to sign Snodgrass if the opportunity arose. The Scotland international has a big reputation in the Championship from his time at Hull, Leeds and also Norwich City as well. He was a particular hit whilst at Elland Road, scoring 35 league goals in over 150 appearances. He has yet to even score in West Ham colours, so a switch to Villa, who also play in a similar shirt colour, may very well do the trick!