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Aston Villa end West Ham defender pursuit by confirming three-and-a-half-year deal



Kortney Hause challenging Tomas Soucek for a header

Kortney Hause has ended speculation over his Aston Villa future by signing a new contract with the club until the summer of 2025.

Hause has been linked with a move away from Villa Park in recent weeks. Even as far back as the summer, there were claims that West Ham had put him on their shortlist.

Such speculation only increased when it became clear in the winter that the Hammers need to sign new defenders. Injuries to Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma highlighted the issue. Although, the latter is nearing a return.

Some outlets suggested Villa would sanction Hause’s departure to their fellow Premier League side. However, those claims will have been wide of the mark.

Instead, Villa have tied down the 26-year-old to a new, three-and-a-half-year contract.

Hause told VillaTV: “I’m over the moon. It’s a big club, a big part of my life, big part of my football career.

“Since the day I signed, I’ve felt a real love for the club in terms of showing how much they wanted to bring me to the club.

“So from the first day I signed, I’ve felt loved and wanted and to extend for another three-and-a-half years, I’m very, very happy. I’m delighted.”

Hause initially joined Villa from Wolves in 2019 on loan. He helped them win promotion to the Premier League and has stayed at that level ever since.

The centre-back made 24 appearances in all competitions in his first full season with the club, before just 10 last term. But this season so far, he has eight games under his belt.

Villa recently lost fellow defender Axel Tuanzebe. His loan from Manchester United was cancelled in favour of one to Napoli.

Therefore, retaining Hause is a boost for their squad depth at the back. They can also call upon Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa.

Hause has scored three goals for the club in total, including one this season. That was the winner against Man Utd in September.

There were also suggestions he was a target for relegation-threatened Watford, as well as European challengers West Ham. However, his future will be in the claret-and-blue shirt of Villa instead.

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Villa defender linked with Newcastle

Although Hause’s future is now secure, Villa could lose a different member of their backline.

90min state that Newcastle have ‘enquired’ about left-back Matt Targett. He ‘may be available’ following Lucas Digne’s arrival.

Digne joined the club from Everton after a fall-out with now-ex-coach Rafael Benitez. Steven Gerrard sensed an opportunity to take him and completed the deal. As such, he is now the first-choice over Targett.

However, Targett is a popular figure at Villa Park after scooping the Players’ Player of the Season award last year.

Relegation to the bench may be a bitter pill to swallow. Though, any exit would likely require Targett to actively push for a move.

Nonetheless, Newcastle have the financial capability to match any demands Villa make. And if Targett doesn’t take kindly to his demotion, Newcastle appear ready to pounce.

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4 Huddersfield Town transfer matters that Carlos Corberan will have to deal with very soon




Huddersfield Town are set for a huge clash tomorrow night against Luton Town.

The second leg of the Championship play-off final is potentially season-defining for the Terriers, with the score level at 1-1 on aggregate following the first leg.

Only a win on the night, whether it be after 90 minutes, extra time, or on penalties, will be enough to see Huddersfield reach the final at Wembley.

Whilst the focus is no doubt fully on football at the moment, there are some key transfer matters that Carlos Corberan will have to deal with in the coming weeks.

Here, we’ve picked out four matters we think will be on Corberan’s agenda once the season comes to a close.

Naby Sarr’s contract

One matter for Corberan to deal with is Naby Sarr’s expiring contract at the club, which runs out at the end of June.

Sarr has struggled for regular game time at the John Smith’s Stadium this campaign, making just 23 appearances in all competitions so far.

Interestingly, though, the 28-year-old started three of Huddersfield’s last four league matches, and also the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Luton.

These performances may or may not have been enough to get Sarr back onside with the club, but either way, Corberan must make a decision on his future soon, if he has not done so already.

Danel Sinani

Another transfer matter Corberan will have to deal with in the coming weeks is deciding the future of Danel Sinani.

Sinani joined on a season-long loan from Norwich City last summer, with Norwich confirming at the time that Huddersfield held an option to buy Sinani as part of the agreement.

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Sinani has certainly made a contribution this season – scoring seven goals and registering five assists in 45 appearances, but we are unaware of the sort of fee it will take to secure his signature permanently.

As such, Corberan must weigh up whether or not Sinani is worth that fee in the coming weeks.

Harry Toffolo’s extension

Harry Toffolo is another Huddersfield Town player with an expiring contract this summer.

Fortunately for the club, though, it has been reported that they hold an option to trigger a one-year extension on his current deal.

We have had no official confirmation of them triggering this option as of yet, though, leaving us to speculate over Toffolo’s future.

It must be said, however, that after a fine season for the club, it seems a formality that the club will trigger the clause.

In that eventuality, the club would then have to decide whether to cash in on the defender, or seek a fresh agreement that would see him stay beyond 2023.

Romoney Crichlow

Finally, a fourth transfer matter for Carlos Corberan to deal with this summer is the future of Romoney Crichlow.

The 22-year-old has spent the season out on loan, first at Swindon Town in League Two, and then at League One outfit Plymouth Argyle.

His Swindon spell was a success, making 24 appearances for the club, but his time at Plymouth has been quite the opposite, with the defender having made just three appearances since swapping the County Ground for Home Park.

With one year remaining on his Huddersfield deal, Corberan must decide whether or not Crichlow is worth keeping around, worth another loan out, or worth getting rid of.

Given how little he has featured at League One level, it is hard to see his immediate future with the Terriers.



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Ben Garner reveals the key to getting the best out of Swindon Town star this season




Swindon Town head coach Ben Garner has revealed how the key to getting the best out of Harry McKirdy this campaign following another two goals for the attacker.

McKirdy scored a brace this afternoon as Swindon Town beat Port Vale 2-1 at the County Ground in the first leg of the League Two play-off semi final’s.

Asked by a Sky Sports reporter how he had gotten the best out of the 25-year-old this season, Garner offered a simple explanation.

“I think one big thing when he come in – I just had an individual chat with him, just as a person, forget about football or anything else.” Garner told Sky Sports.

“We’ve just allowed him to be himself this season – built his confidence, let him play, get him in his best position, get him in positions where he can do what he does best and he’s done that this season.”

“Hopefully he will continue to do it on Thursday, and hopefully beyond.”

The two goals this afternoon took McKirdy’s tally for the campaign to an impressive 23 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions.

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The Verdict

Harry McKirdy has been absolutely brilliant at Swindon Town this campaign and a key factor in their bid for the play-offs and promotion.

His goal tally speaks for itself and adding two today only goes to demonstrate that he can also score goals when the pressure is really on.

Those goals today will have been even sweeter, too, considering they were against Port Vale.

McKirdy spent last season with the Valiants but found himself unable to get much game time with the club, making just 8 League Two appearances in 2020/21.

After the season he has had this campaign, you’d have to think Port Vale are regretting not giving him more of an opportunity.



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