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Leandro Bacuna Signs From Aston Villa

13 August 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Leandro Bacuna has completed his move to Reading from Aston Villa, signing a four new contract with the Royals. The midfielder completes his transfer just days ahead of Villa's visit to the Madejski Stadium for their Tuesday night Championship clash. Bacuna played the first 70 minutes of Villa's opening fixture against Hull City but hasn't appeared since after transfer talk gathered pace.

Bacuna began his career with Dutch side FC Groningen, where he made over 100 appearances before a three million pound move to Aston Villa in the summer of 2013. After four years with Villa he made 131 appearances, scoring 8 goals. He was a regular for Villa during three Premier League seasons before their relegation to the Championship and is still just 25 years old.

Bacuna, primarily a midfielder, is a versitile player who could step into the side in midfield, defence or on the wing. He has previously played at right back and maybe used as cover for Chris Gunter. Bacuna appears well known to Reading boss Jaap Stam: "Leandro is a player that we have been following for a while - he has played Premier League football and brings quality to us. He is the type of player who can play in several positions in the team - in midfield, at the back, or even sometimes as a winger. He is a player with the right mentality and who wants to go forward; these are the types of players that we want to have."

Reading's Summer Signings:

  • Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa)
  • Modou Barrow (Swansea)
  • Vito Mannone (Sunderland)
  • Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Wolves)
  • Pelle Clement (Ajax)


Discussion On This Story:


» 29 Jul 2017 19:26

Aston Villa have rejected a £1.5m bid from Reading for midfielder Leandro Bacuna, according to Sky sources.

Sky Sports News understands Reading have now ended their interest in the 25-year-old and will turn their attentions to other targets.

Bacuna featured for Villa in their pre-season goalless draw against Watford on Saturday, replacing the injured Jack Grealish in the 26th minute.

The Curacao international made 31 appearances last season as Villa ended their first campaign in the Sky Bet Championship in 13th place.

Bacuna joined Villa from Dutch side Groningen in 2013 and has since featured over 120 times for the club, scoring eight goals.

He has three years remaining on his current deal at Villa Park.


» 29 Jul 2017 20:05

Thank god


» 30 Jul 2017 08:37

Why another winger??


» 30 Jul 2017 10:37


 John Smith

» 01 Aug 2017 10:54

Good God no! He's poison


» 01 Aug 2017 11:30

shame. would have been good to sing Bacuna matata


» 01 Aug 2017 12:51

I don't think he's a bad player *hides*


» 01 Aug 2017 14:47

Bits I saw from Villa fans is that he is ok. Utility player, useful squad man.

not that it will happen from the look of it

Had barely noticed Tish is on loan to MK for the season. Quite the fall from grace unfortunately


» 01 Aug 2017 14:57

Didn't he play CM before Villa?


» 06 Aug 2017 13:03

This one is back on apparently.

We seem to be bidding for players, giving up on them and then going back in for them.

Started for Villa yesterday but crowd were on his back for most of it, can't imagine he's too happy there.


» 06 Aug 2017 13:44

With the squad we currently have and the big holes in it, would actually be a good signing I think - experienced and able to fill in a number of positions


» 06 Aug 2017 15:23

Read a few reports, sounds like he was booed by Villa fans and reacted yesterday

Not sure whether the rest about us being back in for him or him pushing for a nice are just assumptions based on that

Still sounds like he would be happy for a move if our bid is still on the table and no point Villa keeping hold of an unhappy player who has fallen out with their own fans

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