Aston Villa are close to agreeing a loan deal for former Liverpool defender Aly Cissokho, according to reports from Radio Valencia.

The French left-back spent last season at Anfield, but failed to convince the Reds to snap him up from Valencia on a full basis.

He has since returned to the Spanish side, yet Los Che are rumoured to be ready to let him go once again, which has alerted Villa.

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The Midlands club are known to be working with a restricted budget as owner Randy Lerner seeks to sell up, so a temporary swoop for Cissokho is tempting for Paul Lambert.

The Villains will have to pay around £2m to draft him in, and could well look to make the deal a permanent one when the season ends if his impresses.

Villa have only snapped up Joe Cole, Kieran Richardson and Philippe Senderos in what has been a difficult transfer window form them.

Cissokho, 26, made 19 appearances for Liverpool last term and failed to hold down a starting berth after some erratic displays.

He was once considered to be one of Europe’s emerging finest full-backs.

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