Conor Hourihane set for shock Aston Villa exit claim reports

Turkish media claim that the Republic of Ireland international’s agent has been in talks with Super Lig sides Besiktas and Trabzonspor over a potential switch.

Hourihane is set to begin his fifth season at Villa Park, having featured 34 times under Dean Smith last season as the club scrambled to Premier League safety.

Former Chelsea player Eddie Newton is the new Trabzonspor head coach and will no doubt have been aware of the 29-year-old’s influence – perhaps even more so considering Hourihane is out of contract next summer.

Reports claim the player is open to the move, but Turkish media have been known to be unreliable in the past.

Marvelous Nakamba linked to Aston Villa exit

Turkish news outlet Fotomac claim that Nakamba, who signed for Aston Villa from Club Brugge last summer for €12m, is interesting Super Lig side Trabzonspor.

The 26-year-old Zimbabwean has played just 22 Premier League games for Aston Villa.

Trabzonspor have recently appointed former Chelsea man Eddie Newton as their new head coach, and his first move in the transfer market could be to secure a season-long loan move for Nakamba.

Trabzonspor finished as runners up in the 2019/20 Turkish top flight.