Manor Solomon: Agent reveals new Tottenham signing was wanted by Aston Villa
Aston Villa were one of several clubs vying for the signature of Tottenham-bound winger Manor Solomon, his agent Ben Ezra has said.
The 23-year-old is set to complete a move to north London to become the latest addition for new Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou.
According to Ezra, Villa were among sides including West Ham and RB Leipzig chasing the signature of Solomon, who spent last season on loan at Fulham, before he plumped for Spurs.
Speaking to Sport 5, Ezra said: “In a club like Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham there are several players in each position and this competition will make him better.
“In addition to Tottenham, Aston Villa, West Ham, and RB Leipzig wanted him as a replacement for Christopher Nkunku. In addition to Tottenham, Manor was also interested. But if you leave the Premier League, you can’t always return to it.”
Can’t win them all
While Villa fans may be disappointed in missing out on the Israelinternational, there is plenty of time left in the transfer window. If Villa’s business so far is anything to go by, then Emery and Villa chairman Nassef Sawiris may have plenty more tricks up their sleeve.
Having pulled off two major coups already in the form of Youri Tielemans and the soon-to-be-announced Pau Torres from Villarreal for just £32million [Fabrizio Romano], Villa are making necessary and quality upgrades and will be unlikely to call it a day here.
Solomon would have been a quality addition to Villa Park, however. While registering under 600 Premier League minutes last season with Fulham, he averages 0.63 goals per 90 placing him in the 99th percentile for this metric [FBRef].
Last season, he also went on a five-game scoring run in all competitions, netting against top-flight opposition such as Brentford and Leeds United.
But the winger position is a place Emery should look to upgrade, with Leon Bailey and Bertrand Traore currently the only natural wingers in the squad.
Time will tell for Villa if they can strengthen in this area. However, Emery’s pull at the club is doing Villa’s transfer business wonders and, having spent relatively little so far, the end is not in sight yet.
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