I can’t read anything from the Birmingham Mail without thinking of Peaky Blinders!
Anyway, it looks like former Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic balked at an offer from Aston Villa:
Mario Mandzukic is said to have “turned down” a move to Aston Villa. The 34-year-old former Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juventus striker is a free agent after leaving Qatar side Al-Duhail. And journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims both Villa and one of their Premier League rivals, West Ham United, both attempted to sign him “recently.” Mandzukic has been without a club since July, leaving Al-Duhail after just six months.