Newcastle are desperate to unload Jack Colback (amongst many others) and Steve Bruce is desperate to improve on a start of only one point from nine.
Second bottom of the Championship and the Villa boss is feeling the pressure, in his press conference on Friday, Steve Bruce was asked about a number of players he has been credited with interest in over the course of recent days.
Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere was put to him first…”There is nothing in it.”
Then it was Jack Colback…”I don’t know where that one has come from.”
Jack Colback has been completely sidelined by Rafa Benitez and was even left out of the public training session on Thursday, along with another five players Rafa Benitez is desperate to get rid of.
Wages are seen as a major obstacle for either player, even if Bruce did/does want them, though the Villa boss admits his interest in young Southampton striker Sam Gallagher on loan:
“Every club in the Championship has been linked with him (Sam Gallagher), it is something we’re looking at us – he interests us.”
As for how long he might have left if Aston Villa continue to struggle, the plastic Geordie was on the defensive.
“I don’t really ask the question (how long he has to turn it around) but I have had talks – they know the club has had instability for so long now.
“We’re three games in. The euphoria and nonsense that is written is quite embarrassing, but it’s the industry we’re in, three weeks in and it’s ‘off with his head’.
“All I can do is laugh about it and get on with the job – the pressure is big at this club.”