Aston Villa have entered a race with Bordeaux to sign Le Havre’s defensive midfielder Gueida Fofana, after having watched their £1million swoop for the youngster in January collapse – according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The 19-year-old travelled to Birmingham in December last year, however the player’s wage demands quickly spoiled a potential deal with Gerard Houllier’s side.
The Villa boss explained his frustration in not acquiring the French youngster, and remains speculative of any future deal.
‘The Fofana deal is not done and I doubt it will be done,” said the former Liverpool boss.
‘For the moment, an agreement has not been reached. He’s got potential. He’s a 19-year-old player, very mature, with a strong personality,’ he said.
Fofana has scored two goals and made close to 50 league appearances with Le Havre, a club which saw him emerge through the youth ranks and into the senior squad in August 2009.
He has also played his way through the French youth squads, featuring on numerous occasions at U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 level.
The Frenchman signed a new three-year-deal with Le Havre on 28 January 2011, following the collapsed deal with Aston Villa.
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