Aston Villa have been highly active in the transfer market this summer, but with the window set to shut on Thursday, who should come and go before the deadline?
To sign: Luke Garbutt
Something of a forgotten man at Everton, Luke Garbutt has not featured for the Toffees since May 2015.
The left-sided defender was a major prospect as a youngster and has represented England from under-16 through to under-21 level.
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Now 24, the former Leeds United trainee has spent the majority of his senior career out on loan at other clubs and is still yet to reach the potential that he showed in his academy days.
However, Villa are in need of a left-back to challenge Neil Taylor following the departure of Jordan Amavi on loan to Marseille and Garbutt could be the perfect player to bring in.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman clearly does not fancy the Harrogate-born wing-back and a loan move should be relatively risk-free and easy to negotiate.
Garbutt’s career looks to be petering out at Goodison Park but he could become a key man for the Villans as they chase promotion from the Championship.
To sell: Ross McCormack
Whichever way you look at it, Ross McCormack’s move to Aston Villa last summer simply has not worked out for either party.
Villa splashed out big money for the Scot and have seen very little in the way of a return on that investment, whilst the player himself may feel slightly aggrieved that the tactics employed since Steve Bruce took charge last October have not suited his style of play.
Signed as a guaranteed goal-getter at Championship level after fruitful spells with Leeds and Fulham, McCormack has found the back of the net just three times in claret and blue.
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A falling out with Bruce last January culminated in the forward bizarrely missing training because the gates to his house wouldn’t open and he was promptly shipped out on loan to Nottingham Forest for the remainder of the campaign.
This term he has played a grand total of 17 minutes of first-team football in a League Cup win over Wigan Athletic and has not made a matchday squad in the league.
McCormack’s prospects have taken a further blow in recent weeks following the emergence of youngster Keinan Davis up front, with Jonathan Kodjia on the way back from injury and Scott Hogan also ahead of him in the pecking order.
The direct fashion in which Bruce seems to prefer to set up the team does not bring the best out of the 31-year-old but he has hardly helped his cause with his behaviour off the field.
Villa need him off the wage bill and McCormack needs to rediscover his best form; a move suits everyone.