This summer has been a cracker so far for Villa. Owner has announced he wants to sell but no sign yet of anyone wanting to buy, chief exec has quit, manager remains for now but backing is clearly limited & he has changed from a seemingly long-term policy of signing young, unproven players from abroad/lower league to signing proven-but-past-it players on free transfers as a short-term fix. Roy Keane is now assistant manager for some reason. oh and two of our best players, Vlaar and Delph, have 1 year left on contract & may well be sold
Joe Cole (free)
Philippe Senderos (free)
Kieran Richardson (unknown)
Also have reintegrated the 'bomb squad' to first team squad (Bent, Hutton, N'Zogbia, Given).
Marc Albrighton (released, Leicester)
Nathan Delfouneso (released)
Jordan Bowery (250k, Rotherham)
Yacouba Sylla (season loan, some Turkish club)
Nicklas Helenius (season loan, Aalborg)
Good that we're getting rid of some who clearly aren't up to it. Expect more to follow (Luna apparently going to Verona. wouldn't be surprised if others like Herd, Tonev, Bennett go too). Very annoyingly we apparently turned down a WBA offer for Hutton - despite him not playing for 2 years, now Lambert wants him There was also rumours of Bent going to Turkey, but so far unfounded.
Other rumoured signings:
Bendtner (perhaps not as mad as it sounds, with both Benteke & Kozak carrying long-term injuries, but still )
Ki Sung-yeung (would be a good signing! hope it's true)