Aston Villa weighing up move for Senegalese star
New Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is looking to make Ibrahima Balde his first signing for the club, according to The Sun.
Balde, who scored 7 goals in 22 league appearances for Osasuna last season is rumoured to have been targeted by numerous Premier League clubs including Norwich, Sunderland and Reading.
However, after Villa scored just 37 league goals last season, new man at the helm Lambert will be looking to add some firepower to a squad short in numbers.
At just 23, Balde has already made 40 appearances in La Liga for Atletico Madrid and Osasuna respectively. He has a buy-out clause in his contract at the Reyno de Navarra that is believed to be around £8 million. Before moving to Spain, spells in Argentina with Argentinos Juniors and Velez Sarsfield at youth level, assisted the front- man in his development
The Senegalese born striker has faced some injury problems, most notably during a loan spell with Segunda Division Numancia. However, his 6ft 2” frame and goal scoring prowess could make him a welcome addition to any Premier League club.
Balde could become Villa’s second signing of the summer, with the club having already agreed a deal for Australian Brett Holman, AZ Alkmaar’s out-of contract midfielder.