Steven Gerrard is looking out for a brand new midfield enforcer after Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba was dominated out for round 4 months.
The brand new Villa boss has been a giant fan of the 27-year-old, beginning him in his first 5 video games in cost. However the Zimbabwe worldwide was compelled off simply earlier than the hour mark within the defeat at Liverpool. And he has been dominated out for between 12 and 16 weeks with a knee drawback.
That has led to strategies that Gerrard will search for a alternative and the Daily Mirror claim he has been given “the inexperienced mild” to draft in a alternative subsequent month.
Gerrard stated: “The surgeon is basically joyful along with his operation and the way it’s gone and now he’ll begin his restoration course of and restoration plan.
“He’s going to be lacking for someplace within the area of 12 weeks if it’s a incredible rehab. Or it might be as much as 16 weeks.
“It will likely be someplace in the midst of 12-16 weeks.”
The previous Rangers boss is known to have mentioned potential targets with Villa’s sporting director Johan Lange. Whether or not or not Villa will go down the mortgage route or a everlasting signing is unclear.
Gerrard although is known to have been pledged assist within the switch market from Villa co-owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens when he changed Dean Smith.
Villa spent £100m in the summertime, however Gerrard is known to have funds so as to add to his squad subsequent month.
“By way of the January window, there’s clearly conversations at Villa and there at all times can be behind the scenes figuring out areas the place we are able to enhance,” stated Gerrard.
“If the proper particular person or our bodies are there for us to usher in then we’ll definitely look to try to try this. However, clearly, there’s a variety of names being bandied about for the time being which we are able to’t management that aren’t true.”
In response to the Birmingham Mail, Gerrard additionally desires extra cowl at full-back. There was an enormous reliance on Matt Targett and Matty Money this season.
One participant who’s believed to be on Gerrard’s radar is Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson.
Gerrard spoke very extremely of the 20-year-old throughout his time at Rangers. And final month 90min claimed Gerrard was lining up a transfer for the participant.
Everton made a reported £5m opening provide for Patterson in August. The bid left Gerrard furious.
“Look, I’ve only just been told about this. It hasn’t been brought to my attention by anyone who’s above me at the club.
“I’ll ask the question when I go back on the bus. But if you’re going to talk about Nathan Patterson you need to get real.
“£5m is, I don’t know, that’s definitely come out of a joke book surely.”