Aston Villa could look to complete a “stunning” deal before the winter window slams shut at Villa Park, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has told GiveMeSport.
After being appointed Villans manager in October, Unai Emery could strengthen his squad with the deadline day just days away.
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Aston Villa transfer news: January targets
Seconds Football InsiderVilla have set their sights on signing Marseille central midfielder Matteo Guendouzi.
The report suggests that the former Arsenal man, who is valued at £30m, has been identified as one of Emery’s top targets.
Alex Crook, the respected talkSPORT reporter, recently told GiveMeSport that Guendouzi would be willing to complete a switch back to England.
Hakim Ziyech is another name on Villa’s radar, but a deal could be difficult to come by as Chelsea would prefer to sell the winger to Italian giants Roma rather than a Premier League rival.
Meanwhile, the Midlands outfit have opened talks with representatives of Moussa Dembele, who has entered the final six months of his £52,000-a-week deal at Lyon.
What has Fabrizio Romano said about Villa?
Romano has refused to rule out the possibility of Villa re-entering the transfer market before the fast approaching deadline.
The trusted journalist is confident that the hierarchy will back Emery if he is desperate for more reinforcements at the club.
Romano told GiveMeSport: “Let’s see if Aston Villa do something amazing. I’m sure they will try to support Unai Emery.”
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What business has Villa done so far?
Villa shelled out £13.3m, according to reports Sky Sportsto complete the acquisition of left-back Alex Moreno from La Liga side Real Betis.
Emery has also bolstered his attacking options by sealing the £18m arrival of Jhon Duran from Major League Soccer franchise Chicago Fire.
The Colombian will help fill the void left by Danny Ings, who headed to West Ham United in a £15m move earlier this month.
Frederic Guilbert was linked with Strasbourg just days after it emerged his Villa contract was to be terminated.
Morgan Sanson has headed to the same French club on loan, while Cameron Archer will spend the rest of the campaign with Middlesbrough and Jan Bednarek has returned to Southampton.
Villa have averaged 1.78 points per game since Emery moved into the Villa dugout, but further reinforcements could help his side challenge for a European qualification spot just a matter of months after struggling under the guidance of Steven Gerrard.
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