Villa don’t appear to be hanging about during this January transfer window.
Here are the latest transfer news and rumours from B6:
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One of many interesting links to emerge is that of Brighton’s Yves Bissouma.
The 25 year old midfielder has caught the eye with a string of impressive performances and with it interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle. Villa are the latest club reported to be monitoring the situation but have lodged no formal interest or bid at this stage.
The Malian is currently away at the African Cup of Nations (alongside Villa’s Trezeguet and Bertrand Traore) and is valued at a whopping £50m.
On this Brighton have only remarked:
“Brighton and Hove Albion are aware that one of its players is assisting police with the investigation of an alleged offence.”
“The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment at this time.”Brighton and hove albion
Sussex Police said:
“A man in his twenties…who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault has been released under investigation while inquiries continue.”
“He is not subject to any travel restrictions.”sussex police [source]
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Villa are reported to be in “advanced discussions” with Everton’s Lucas Digne.
The 28 year old French international has requested to leave Goodison Park, with a £25m move to Villa Park edging closer.
Villa look to be moving quickly to reinforce the left-back position, with Matt Targett having no senior competition since the retirement of Neil Taylor.
Anwar El Ghazi is rumoured to have been put forward as part of any deal. The Dutchman has been used sparingly this season and looks increasingly a fringe player with Steven Gerrard having a variety of midfield options to choose from.
Latest on the Lucas Digne transfer HERE
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It has been reported that Villa have submitted a bid for Dundee United youngster Kerr Smith.
The 17 year old has been valued by Villa at around 800k.
The right sided defender has broken through into senior football over the last year, making a small number of first team appearances (11).
Whilst Villa have been acquiring more seasoned players of late, there remains a strong focus upon identifying a purchasing young talent from across the UK and Europe. Indeed, 16 year old centre-half Josh Feeney, purchased from Fleetwood Town for a substantial fee, appeared on the subtitutes bench for the first time during Villa’s recent defeat at Brentford.
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