According to Football Insider, Bournemouth have turned their attentions to a late move for Aston Villa defender Frederic Guilbert.
The Frenchman has dropped down the pecking order at Villa Park following Matty Cash’s arrival from Nottingham Forest, with the right-back having only played in the Carabao Cup this season – in fact, he has yet to make a single Premier League match-day squad.
Now, Football Insider claim Bournemouth are targeting a new full-back before the deadline closes on Friday evening, and that the Cherries have been alerted to Guilbert’s availability.
The report adds that the Championship side are weighing up a loan move for the 25-year-old instead of a permanent move at this stage.
Signed from French side Caen in January 2019 for a reported fee of £4.4m, Guilbert has gone on to make 31 appearances across all competitions for Villa.
Last season saw him feature prominently in Villa’s return to the Premier League, making 25 appearances, but missed a number of games following the restart, eventually only returning for the last couple of games.
The 25-year-old proved to be a versatile option for Smith, playing at right-back, right-midfield and even left-back too. Whilst he posted some pretty impressive numbers – he averaged a very fine three tackles and two interceptions per game in the Premier League – he did pick up seven yellow cards and registered 1.4 fouls per match too.
The fact Villa are open to letting him go just a year after he joined says a lot about how former sporting director, Suso, has got it wrong. But with Bournemouth’s interest in the full-back, Johan Lange has the perfect chance to at least get rid of Guilbert temporarily at least.
And in other news, Villa must land this EFL star before the deadline.