Guessouma Fofana


Not content about their position in the Championship midway through the season, Aston Villa are looking to bolster their midfield in January, at least according to L’Equipe.

Steve Bruce’s side currently lie 12th in the table after 25 games, drawing an impressive 11 of them, and despite having one of the better defensive records in the league, the former Hull manager is looking to bring a defensive midfielder to Villa Park.

The aforementioned French newspaper claimed on Wednesday that Stoke City had made a bid for Amiens’ Guessouma Fofana, which had been turned down as it was deemed insufficient.

However, Mark Hughes isn’t the only one interested, as L’Equipe claim that both Aston Villa and Norwich have also contacted the player’s representatives, most likely enquiring whether or not he would be keen to join them.

Of course, if a move to Stoke presented itself, there’s little doubt the 24-year-old would prefer a move to the Premier League over the Championship, yet if Stoke cannot find an agreement, or Steve Bruce offers him more guaranteed play time, the balance could tip in Villa’s favour very quickly.

There’s undoubtedly more to come from this, so we’ll keep our ear to the ground for any updates.