Aston Villa are interested in signing young French defender Harold Moukoudi, according to a report published by L’Equipe.
The 21-year-old’s current contract with Ligue 2 side Le Havre is set to expire at the end of the season, meaning he will be a free-agent.
Le Havre are currently in tenth position on the Ligue 2 standings and nowhere near the promotion places. Considering this, it is likely that the youngster will consider moving away from his current club at the end of the season.
Villa have already been active in the transfer market this month and look to have more business to do before the end of January.
It is quite clear that Dean Smith’s side needs to bolster their ranks if they want to challenge for a place in the promotion playoffs, including the defence.
An injury to Axel Tuanzebe has left Villa short of options at centre-half – and the Midlands outfit have lost their last two games 3-0.
The France U-20 international is a talented young player and could prove to be a wonderful investment for the Villains.
Moukoudi was previously linked with a move to the Midlands club last summer but reportedly turned down a move. He claimed that the style of play used by Villa does not suit his own playing style according to a report published by France Bleu.
The youngster is reportedly keen to remain in his homeland with the likes of Ligue 1 clubs such as Lyon, Rennes, Nice and St Etienne all interested in signing him according to Made in Foot.
From the looks of things, it seems like Moukoudi will prefer to remain in France if he gets a solid offer from a Ligue 1 side. He is certainly capable of playing in one of the top five leagues across Europe and is a potential star of the future.
However, the chance to earn a pay increase at Villa and play alongside international players could be an opportunity too good to turn down if the Birmingham-based outfit can agree a fee with his current club.