Journalist Dean Jones would be “amazed” if Villarreal striker Nicolas Jackson was to sign for Aston Villa in January.
The journalist was speaking to This is Futbol about the latest transfer news at Villa Park ahead of the January transfer window.
According to multiple sources, Villa are monitoring the situation surrounding Jackson’s future, with Everton and Newcastle United also reportedly interested in making a move for the forward this winter as well.
The 21-year-old currently has less than a year remaining on his current contract at the La Liga club, which could open the door for a potential move for a cut-price fee in January.
But Jones doesn’t believe that Jackson will join former manager Unai Emery at Villa in January, with his goal record being less than remarkable.
“I mean what I’d say is, he’s got two goals this season.
“It doesn’t seem a big change from what he’s taking over at Aston Villa.
“I can understand that he’d be a player on his radar for the future, but I’d be amazed if he was to come in January.”
TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments…
We would also be surprised to see Jackson make the move to Villa Park in January, with the uncapped Senegalese forward not pulling up any trees in La Liga this season, despite being a regular at the age of 21.
The Banjul-born forward has provided just two goals and two assists in the league this season according to Transfermarkt, which is exactly the same record as current Villa forward Ollie Watkins in the Premier League, whilst Danny Ings has managed to score three goals in the league so far this campaign.
Therefore, we think that this is a move that Villa should be looking to avoid in January, though he may represent good value next summer if they can entice the Senegalese to Villa Park for free.