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Aston Villa: Terem Moffi could be Unai Emery’s next Edinson Cavani

The January transfer window is just over a day away from opening for business and Aston Villa could be active throughout the month in order to improve their squad.

NSWE appointed Spanish manager Unai Emery to replace Steven Gerrard at the helm and he will now have his first chance to bring his own players to the club.

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The former Villarreal and Arsenal boss may want to dip into the market to bolster his options across the pitch in order to give his side the best possible chance of pushing up the Premier League table during the second half of the season.

One area in which he may want to recruit a new player is the forward position. No Villa player has scored more than five goals in the Premier League this season and only three players have found the back of the net more than twice, with Danny Ings’ five leading the way as it stands.

Ollie Watkins has struck three goals in 15 outings in the English top-flight and the head coach could look to the transfer market to sign a new starting number nine.

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Emery is a manager who has proven that he knows how to get the best out of elite strikers throughout his career. He has worked with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and David Villa to name a few and he could now land his next great centre-forward by signing Terem Moffi from Lorient.

French outlet Jeunes Footeux, earlier this month, reported that Villa are one of the clubs interested in a deal to sign the attacker and that he could be available for a fee in the region of €20m (£18m).

The 23-year-old, who was described as “prolific” by talent scout Jacek Kulig, could be Emery’s next version of Cavani as, like the Uruguay star, he has caught the eye with his sublime scoring in Ligue 1 this season.

During their time together at Paris Saint-Germain, the former Manchester United marksman plundered a whopping 89 goals in 98 competitive appearances for the Villa boss – a goal every 1.1 matches.

Moffi, who was dubbed a “man of gold” by his manager Christophe Pelissier, has struck 10 times in 14 starts – a strike every 1.4 games – for Lorient in the French top-flight this term after managing eight goals in 34 outings in the 2021/22 campaign.

The Nigerian international’s impressive form this season shows that he has the quality to be a consistent goalscorer in a major European league and Emery could take him under his wing and develop him into the latest elite number nine that he has coached.

Cavani thrived under the Spaniard in Ligue 1 and Moffi’s statistics indicate that he has the potential to produce goals at a similar rate, which means that he could be the head coach’s next version of the Uruguay marksman at Villa Park.