Aston Villa are interested in a deal to bring Borna Barisic to Villa Park in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by 90min, who claim that the Glasgow Rangers left-back is one of a number of players on Steven Gerrard’s shortlist of transfer targets ahead of the winter window.
The report goes on to state that, while the 41-year-old Aston Villa manager does not want to ruin his relationship with the Scottish Premiership side, he believes the defender has the ability to make the step up to Premier League football and could look to pursue a deal for the 29-year-old in January.
Considering the poor form of Aston Villa’s current first-choice left-back, Matt Targett, so far this season, the position would indeed appear as if it could do with strengthening in the January transfer window.
Indeed, over Targett’s 10 Premier League appearances this term, the £15.3m-rated man has helped his side keep just one clean sheet, registered one assist and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.4 interceptions, one tackle, 1.2 clearances and winning a mere 3.9 duels per game.
In comparison, while the Scottish Premiership is undoubtedly a lower standard of football than the English top-flight, Barisic has nevertheless looked much more impressive than the £34k-per-week Villa defender.
Indeed, over his six league appearances, the £5.4m-rated Croatia international has helped his side keep one clean sheet, registered two assists and created one big chance for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 0.5 interceptions, 1.5 tackles, three clearances and winning 4.3 duels per fixture.
As such, considering the stark contrast between the respective returns of each player, it would indeed seem highly advisable for Christian Purslow to sanction a swoop for the £18k-per-week Barisic in January, as he is most certainly a player Gerrard would love to once again have in his squad, as well as appearing to be an immediate upgrade on Targett.