The Sunday Star reports that Wigan could allow Claret and Blue cast-off Aleksandar Tonev to end his Villa park nightmare by bringing him to the DW stadium but only if they can beat Montpellier to the Bulgarian hot-shot’s signature. 

Tonev moved to the Midlands club from Lech Poznan last summer with a big reputation having scored his first international hat trick just a few months before. Villa reportedly beat Scottish Champions Celtic to sign Tonev but after a season of performances that were underwhelming at best Tonev now looks to have been overlooked by manager Paul Lambert ahead of the new season, even being left out of the clubs pre season tour of the USA, and will most likely be farmed out to get game time in an attempt to prove himself.

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Tonev is an energetic player who is never afraid to take players on and shoot from distance; however this has given him a reputation of being a greedy and unintelligent footballer who does not always take the time to assess options before taking aim at the top corner, or more accurately row Z. Tonev is still only 24 and has more than enough time for a good season away from Villa Park to help force his way back into the Premier League club’s starting XI. He has scored 11 goals in his career but is yet to hit the net in English football, though his chances have been impacted by only making 6 league starts since his £2.5 million move.

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Wigan are looking to add in  preparation  for a campaign challenging for promotion and could do with some added energy which Tonev could no doubt provide. Uwe Rosler is thought to be a long time admirer of Tonev having initially been linked with him just four days after he took over as Wigan boss and given the Bulgarian’s struggles in claret and blue this could be the ideal time for him to secure his man. They could face stiff competition,however, from French club Montpellier who are keen to bring in a creative midfielder to replace recently departed talisman Remy Cabella, who moved  to Newcastle this summer, in a cost effective manner. Whether Tonev were to move on loan or permanently to France he certainly wouldn’t be an expensive investment for the former Ligue 1 champions who are still recovering from the departures of such stars as Olivier Giroud, Younes Belhanda and most recently Cabella.

A move to either club would certainly suit all involved as it would give the club an exciting prospect with the determination to prove something and the player as he would be given time to develop and possibly unearth the potential that saw Paul Lambert bring him to the club a year ago.

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Stephen Martin



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