Aston Villa defender makes future decision as Wolves boss eyes reunion

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The latest transfer talk from Aston Villa and Wolves ahead of the summer transfer window.

Aston Villa defender Clement Lenglet will not convert his loan move to Villa Park into a permanent switch at the end of the season - according to reports in Spain.

The Barcelona defender spent the entirety of last season on loan at Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur before returning to England after agreeing a similar deal following a lengthy phone call with Villa boss Unai Emery. However, Lenglet has made just 13 Premier League starts as Villa battle for a place in the Champions League and he has already spoken of his desire to ‘find a solution’ on his future.

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Speaking to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio amid speculation linking him with a move to AC Milan, the Villa defender said: “I arrived on the last day of the market and had an injury after a week that kept me out for ten days. At the time the team was playing well and so it was not the time for Emery to change: I understand and accept that. Then unfortunately Pau Torres got injured and so it was my time to play. I wasn’t playing consistently and therefore I wanted to find a solution. My priority was to play and at that moment it wasn’t possible, so there were contacts with other clubs. Then I started playing and plans changed. But Serie A is a championship that I like.”

There has been a further update given by Spanish outlet Sport, who have now claimed Lenglet’s future ‘will be away from Villa’ and his departure is likely to come during the summer transfer window.  Villa do not have an obligation or option to sign Lenglet on a permanent deal at the end of the season and there have reportedly been meetings held with clubs in La Liga and the Saudi Pro League as Barcelona consider what to do with the France international.

Wolves plot move for Bournemouth star ahead of contract decision

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook is awaiting a decision over his future with the Cherries as he enters the final 12 months of his current deal at the Vitality Stadium.

Matheus Cunha scored for Wolves the last time they played Bournemouth. The Brazilian is a doubt for the return clash at Molineux. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)Matheus Cunha scored for Wolves the last time they played Bournemouth. The Brazilian is a doubt for the return clash at Molineux. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)
Matheus Cunha scored for Wolves the last time they played Bournemouth. The Brazilian is a doubt for the return clash at Molineux. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images) | Wolves via Getty Images

The former Leeds United star has spent the last eight seasons with the south coast club - but there is some doubt over his future, despite the Cherries remaining keen on agreeing a new deal with the 27-year-old. 

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Football Insider have claimed Wolves manager Gary O’Neil is a ‘big fan’ of the midfielder and working with him during his time at Bournemouth. The report also stresses the Wolves boss will look to make a cut-price move for Cook during the summer as he looks to boost his ranks.

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