Rory Wilson Confirms Signing for Aston Villa
[Former] Rangers youth striker Rory Wilson has been busy on social media today confirming his mooted move to Aston Villa.
The 16-year-old will officially sign for Villa on July 1st after agreeing personal terms.
Wilson has posted both transfer specialising journalist Fabrizio Romano’s tweet detailing the move and an image of him in the new Villa shirt on his Instagram stories.
The fee is thought to be in the region of £300,000 (with add-ons), despite earlier reports that both Rangers and Villa were ‘poles apart’ in their valuations.
A key factor in him signing was obviously the pull of the former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard. The ‘G-Factor’ has increasingly been a major influence in Aston Villa’s summer transfer window with Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara both directly attributing their moves to Villa down to Gerrard.
After scoring 49 goals and helping Rangers lift the Scottish Youth Cup, Wilson publicly declared it was time to step up to the “next level”
“I’d like to thank Rangers for everything they have done for me because it’s been great for me over the last eight years, but it’s time to leave,” he confessed to the Daily Record last month. “I’ll probably be going down south.”
The young lad clearly backs himself to shine, now he’s at Villa.
“I want to go down south and try and prove myself and become a top player and that’s what I am going to do.”
Wilson’s move continues Villa’s trend of operating in the high end of the youth market, adding Wilson to the likes of Louie Barry and Tim Iroegbunam.
With 20-year-old Cameron Archer currently keen to impress Gerrard for a role in the first team squad, he may be looking over his shoulder soon, at the latest generation of potential Villa striking talent.