Salford City's bizarre unveiling of loan signing Louie Barry

Winner for the transfer window’s most bizarre announcement? Salford City confirm loan signing of Aston Villa youngster Louie Barry using old X Factor audition… with the 19-year-old posed as ex-judge Louis Walsh

  • Salford City have completed the loan signing of Louie Barry, 19, from Aston Villa
  • The club uploaded a transfer unveiling of Barry’s face pinned onto Louis Walsh’s
  • Barry, yet to be capped by Villa, moved from West Brom to Barcelona in 2019

We have all become accustomed to some incredibly strange transfer unveilings over the years.

But Salford City may have just won the award for the most bizarre one yet, after completing the signing of Aston Villa youngster Louie Barry on loan.

The 19-year-old had been on loan with MK Dons for the first-half of the 2022-2023 season but has been recalled by the Premier League side for his new move. 

Salford City have confirmed the signing of Aston Villa youngster Louie Barry in bizarre style 

The Class of 92’s Salford uploaded a peculiar video on social media, replicating an old X Factor audition scene.

While the woman being auditioned has a Salford badge pinned to her face, Louie Barry’s portrait has been stuck onto former X Factor judge Louis Walsh. 

As ‘Barry’ looks to make a decision on whether to give ‘Salford’ the green light, fellow judges Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne can be seen waiting in the wings.

When Cowell simply asks, ‘Louis – yes or no?’, Walsh – with Barry’s face over the top – replies, ‘Oh absolutely yes’ before an emotional chorus of Celine Dion’s famous My Heart Will go On breaks out. 

It’s just the latest strange transfer unveiling but Salford will be delighted to get their hands on the England youngster – who sensationally moved from West Bromwich Albion to Barcelona in 2019. 

The 19-year-old joined Aston Villa from Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer of 2020

In doing so, Barry became the first and only English player to feature in the Catalan club’s academy La Masia. 

He moved to Villa one season later and is yet to make a senior appearance for the midland side, having spent three seasons on loan. 

After the completing his switch, Barry told the club website: ‘The Club’s going in the right direction, they’ve got really good owners backing them and when I spoke to the Gaffer, he put down the foundations of the Club was and that’s what I liked.

‘I’m a very attacking player, I’m very forward thinking, whenever I get the ball I think forward. I’m a goal scorer, that’s where I made my name, scoring goals. 

‘I like to create, I like to make things happen in the box when I get the ball, I want to drive forward, get players and put them on the back foot.’

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