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‘No brainer’ – Club urged to cut ties with 53-cap international as Aston Villa swoop in

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Championship side Sheffield United have been urged to terminate their loan for Robin Olsen amid rumours of a switch to Aston Villa.

The 53-cap Sweden international joined United on loan from Roma in the summer. He made his debut in September’s 2-2 draw with Preston and appeared in the next 10 league matches.

However, Olsen’s form soon came into question and he lost his starting spot in November. The 32-year-old has been unable to usurp Wes Foderingham since then, with the Englishman keeping four clean sheets in his last five outings.

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Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims Olsen has already agreed personal terms with Aston Villa as he looks to leave Bramall Lane. Steven Gerrard is aiming to make him Villa’s fourth signing of the January window.

Former United shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, who made 314 appearances in seven years at the club, thinks it’s time to get rid.

He told Football Insider: “Listen, for me, it’s a no brainer. If he has the chance to go to Villa then fair enough, it’s a good move for them, he’s only here on loan anyway.

I wasn’t impressed by Olsen – Kenny

“I can’t see him getting back in the team and I wasn’t impressed with him when he did play.

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“That’s just my opinion. Get him gone and get him off the wage bill and that gives us the chance to get someone else in. That person can actually be of use to us instead of sitting on the bench doing nothing.

“It’s a case of getting rid of a player who isn’t contributing and having the opportunity to bring in a quality player. It just makes sense to me.”

United had been in the mix to sign Scotland centre-back John Souttar from Hearts. But the defender is on the verge of finalising a pre-contract agreement with Rangers, which will see him move to Ibrox this summer.

Paul Heckingbottom’s side face Derby County at Pride Park on Saturday afternoon. Villa, meanwhile, host Manchester United at 17:30 on the same day.

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Meanwhile, Gerrard has been speaking about when new signings Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne will make their Villa debuts.

“They’re available [against Man Utd]. Philippe’s trained for three days now with no issues,” Gerrard told reporters. “We obviously have to build his match sharpness and match fitness up.

“Lucas is slightly different. He’s been involved in group training for quite some time and he’s been available for Everton before he arrived.

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“So, yeah, they’re both available selection with the group and they’re both in a good place. But, obviously, decisions will come off the back of information we’ve had of both players over the last couple of days.”

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Leeds could have unexpected late January test to contend with as West Ham lurk for Raphinha

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Leeds United could have an unexpected late January test to contend with as West Ham are reportedly lurking for Raphinha.

Contract discussions between the Whites hierarchy and their star man have begun this month with Liverpool having been heavily linked with a move for him. A bumper new deal is set to be put on the table at Elland Road.

And that news went a long way to relieve some of the anxiety surrounding the Brazil international’s future.

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However, it now looks like that concern may creep in again ahead of Transfer Deadline Day on Monday.

That’s because the Hammers are interested in him, according to 90min. And they claim a huge move could be made to test Leeds’ resolve.

Raphinha has been a thorn in David Moyes’ side this season. The two Premier League clubs have faced off three times including their FA Cup clash.

And the winger has impressed in every outing. He opened the scoring for his side in their 2-1 home defeat.

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Then he came on at half-time in the third round of the cup competition and took the game to the opponents in another loss.

The third match ended in a 3-2 victory for Leeds, though. And Raphinha set up one of Jack Harrison’s hat-trick of strikes.

Despite him previously saying he is happy with the Whites, West Ham can of course offer the potential of European football.

If they can maintain their strong position in the Prem pecking order, then they will also arguably offer a higher prestige to him.

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The World Cup is now just a matter of months away. So that could further help his cause for being included in his nation’s squad.

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Meanwhile, Leeds have made an offer for a teenage sensation but face an anxious wait after his head was turned, as per a report.

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The Yorkshire club have already had one youngster, 21-year-old Brenden Aaronson, on their radar in the January transfer window.

And it seems youth remains the order of business for Marcelo Bielsa before Transfer Deadline Day rolls around on Monday.

After having to let a deal for Aaronson go until the summer, the Whites boss has turned his attention to a defensive target…

READ MORELeeds take aim at teenage sensation – but Italian offer turns head leaving Bielsa hanging

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Wolves confirm third January arrival with Man City, Arsenal target potentially to follow next

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Wolves have confirmed their third signing of the January transfer window – 19-year-old South Korean winger Jeong Sang-bin.

Bruno Lage has already brought in midfielder Hayao Kawabe and forward Chiquinho this month. And earlier in the week Hwang Hee-chan’s loan move from RB Leipzig was made permanent too.

Now another arrival has been secured. Sang-bin will head straight out on loan after joining from K-League club Suwon Samsung Bluewings, though.

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He will link up with Kawabe, who signed from Grasshoppers and then was loaned straight back to the Swiss side.

Both players will be gone for the next 18 months. Wolves fans will therefore have a long wait before seeing either play in the flesh.

After the signing of Sang-bin was announced, the club’s technical director Scott Sellars explained that decision.

“Sang-bin is a young, raw talent, who has done very well for his club and national team whilst still only a teenager,” he told the club’s official website.

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“We hope to provide him an opportunity to develop and grow as a player, and a person, in Zurich with Grasshoppers, before returning in the future.

“We’ve already seen how this process can benefit a player like Toti Gomes. And we are looking forward to seeing what Sang-bin can achieve in the Swiss league, and then at Wolves.”

The clock is ticking to Monday’s deadline, but Wolves could yet add a further new face to Lage’s squad before then.

That’s because after missing out on him last summer, they remain ‘very interested’ in former Man City and Arsenal target Riqui Puig, as per Sport (via Sport Witness).

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A loan deal until the end of the season without an option to buy could still happen. Puig is finding his game time limited at Barcelona.

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Meanwhile, Wolves have reportedly given midfielder Ruben Neves a £40million price tag amid transfer links with Manchester United and Arsenal.

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The central midfielder has made 19 Premier League appearances for the Molineux club this season. He has registered two goals – one in October’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa, and another in the 2-1 victory against Brentford last time out.

Neves has a knack for scoring goals from outside the box and did so against the Bees, curling a right-footed effort past Jonas Lossl to give Wolves all three points.

He has been ever-present in the Wanderers first team since joining from Porto in July 2017. However, links with United and Arsenal are hotting up…

READ MOREWolves ‘stand firm’ and put £40m price tag on Man Utd, Arsenal-linked star

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