Mwanga training with Aston Villa

Mwanga training with Aston Villa

MLS- Philadelphia Union

Mwanga training with Aston Villa



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The Philadelphia Union's preseason is starting to become more notable not for who is in camp but for the attackers who are spending time in England.

According to his agent, Richard Motzkin, third-year forward Danny Mwanga is training with Aston Villa for the next 10 days. Mwanga is the second Union attacking player to entertain options in the Premier League after Sebastien Le Toux was on trial at Bolton a couple of weeks ago. There has been no official resolution yet regarding Le Toux's situation, but recent comments made by Bolton manager Owen Coyle make it seem unlikely that Le Toux will be joining the club.

"Sebastien came in for a couple of days, and to be fair to him he hadn't trained for four or five weeks," Coyle told UK reporters. "He did fine and that's where it is. We'd have probably needed a longer look."

As for Mwanga, four days remain in England's transfer window, though this stint could be more with an eye toward the future considering his current citizenship status and the red tape involved in the work permit process. Aston Villa, however, could be in search of additional forwards in general considering that Darren Bent has become a reported transfer target for Liverpool and Robbie Keane's loan will expire at the end of next month. 

Should the Union lose either Mwanga or Le Toux — or both — they have reinforcements after signing Costa Rican striker Josue Martinez and drafting UCLA standout Chandler Hoffman in the offseason.

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