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Transfer Rater: John Terry to Aston Villa


Villa predictably average

Aston Villa
 By Chris Wright

Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia's cryptic emoji equation - what does it mean?

As unlikely as it seems, Aston Villa have found themselves heavily linked with an audacious move for departing Chelsea captain John Terry.

As excitement began to swell among the Villa fan base, the club's owner Dr Tony Xia helped fuel the speculation by posting a cryptic tweet on Monday evening.


Transfer Rater: John Terry to Aston Villa, Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea

The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea

Chelsea are edging closer to the signature of Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has been persistently linked to the club in recent...

Ehiogu changed fortunes of Boro, Villa; helped mould stars of Spurs, England

Spurs correspondent Dan Kilpatrick reveals how highly the club regarded youth coach Ugo Ehiogu after his death aged 44.

Former England international and Premier League defender Ugo Ehiogu died on Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training ground the previous day.

He was a committed and hard-working man whose career was marked by long-ranging spells at Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Middlesbrough. But it was perhaps the formidable partnership that he formed with Gareth Southgate that shone brightest.

The central defensive pair first crossed paths at Villa, where Ehiogu joined in 1991...

 By Chris Wright

Newcastle troll Aston Villa's Henri Lansbury on Twitter after own goal

Newcastle comfortably saw off Aston Villa to go top of the Championship on Monday night, cruising to a straightforward 2-0 victory at St James' Park.

Villa were a massive 30 points behind their opponents going into the fixture, with an own goal from new signing Henri Lansbury helping to make sure his side's dismal winless run was duly extended to nine games by the end of the night.

Rather unsportingly, Newcastle's official Twitter account chose to troll Lansbury after the match by posting a photo...

Tottenham's second string fail to shine but grind out FA Cup win vs. Aston Villa

LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Tottenham's 2-0 win over Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

1. Spurs' second string fail to shine

Tottenham's outstanding victory over Chelsea put them firmly back into the title conversation, and they won for a sixth game running. Their 2-0 win over Aston Villa at White Hart Lane sealed a place in the FA Cup fourth round.

Spurs finished the game in cruise control after Ben Davies' first goal for the club and a second from Son Heung-Min,...

 By Paul Murphy

Jason Withe's Asian ambition in Thailand where Dad Peter made mark

The Withe family's connection to Thailand stretches back almost two decades.

As his European Cup-winning father continues to make a strong recovery from major surgery, Jason Withe is returning to Thailand to spearhead Sukhothai FC's bid for a place in the AFC Champions League (ACL) group stage in 2017.

Jason's father Peter is the Aston Villa legend who spent four hugely successful years as Thailand's head coach, and is on the mend after a recent gallstone operation. He was well enough to attend last Sunday's Birmingham derby, watching his former club Villa draw 1-1 with...