Aston Villa face transfer battle to snap up Frenchman

Aston Villa are locked in a battle with Fiorentina in a bid to sign French U-21 ace Massadio Haidara, according to talkSPORT.

The Nancy left-back has gained the attention of a number of top European clubs after impressing for his club at the age of just 19. It was reoprted that Paul Lambert had lined up a deal for Haidara in the summer but the move never materialised. The Villa boss now hopes to reignite his interest in the player, who has spent his entire career at Nancy. However, the Scotsman may have to do battle with Fiorentina, who have only recently declared their interest in the young Frenchman.

It is thought that Haidara can head to Birmingham or Florence for as little as €2.5 million, a relative bargain considering the supposed talents that the youngster possesses.

Since making his first professional debut for Nancy in 2010, at the age of just 17, Haidara, who is also eligible to play for Senegal, has made 33 appearances, taking over as first choice left back midway through last season. With Villa performing below standards this season, Lambert keen to invest in new blood in January, With Haidara one of many targets that the former Norwich man is set to bid for.


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