Smith signing could leave Aston Villa for free, club in no rush to keep him
Kortney Hause could leave Aston Villa for a free transfer next summer, as the defender will remain with Steven Gerrard’s side after the January window, according to Birmingham Live.
The center-half is out of contract at the end of his term, but the heads of Villa Park are in no rush to extend his stay. Aston Villa has the option of adding one year to Hause’s existing terms.
He joined the Birmingham side of the Wolves in 2019 following a strong loan spell as Dean Smith’s fourth summer signing in a £ 3million deal. Aston Villa also gave Hause a three-year contract at £ 8,000 a week, but he failed to become a premier League presence.
Smith has fielded Hause 18 times during the 2019/20 campaign after bringing Aston Villa back to the top. But the 26-year-old has only opened 17 games and has started only 10 since.
The Redbridge-born executor only played seven times last season between groin and foot injuries. He has also only played four times so far this quarter, despite only starting three.
Gerrard has yet to field Hause, having favored Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa since replacing Smith at Aston Villa. Instead, he only named the former England Under-21 international to the bench, with his last league appearance in the October 4-1 loss at home to West Ham.
Hause in no rush to commit to future with Aston Villa with free transfer likely
Hause can start discussing his move away from Aston Villa once the January transfer window opens in three weeks. But the defender will likely overlook potential winter moves and stay at Birmingham until his contract expires.
The 6-foot-3 executor is also in no rush to re-commit to the Villans given his lack of playing time so far this quarter. But clubs, perhaps Smith’s Norwich, could still explore his situation.
Gerrard could ignore any January transfer interest and keep Hause at Aston Villa for the rest of his contract as well. While the Villans boss has favored Mings and Konsa, Hause and Axel Tuanzebe currently provide his only proven center-back depth.
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