Aston Villa ready to take chance on former £30m-rated Premier League attacker

Aston Villa are pondering a surprise move for forgotten Swansea forward Michu, according to reports from the Birmingham Mail.

The Villans unveiled Remi Garde as their new manager earlier this week, and although Tim Sherwood’s successor will have to work with the players he’s got for now, the January transfer window is looming large on the horizon.

And reports claim that the club may take a chance on Michu, who has not played for the Swans since April 2013.

The Spaniard made a stunning start to life in the Premier League during the 2012/13 campaign, notching 18 goals and attracting interest from big clubs both from within England and further afield.

At this time then Swansea manager Michael Laudrup slapped a £30m price-tag on his head, but the 29-year-old’s decline since has been alarming, and a loan spell with Napoli wasn’t enough to get his career back on track as injuries haunted his spell in Naples.

He hasn’t been registered for league action this term in South Wales and reports have claimed that the club are considering tearing up his contract, which could prompt a move to Spanish fourth tier outfit Langreo.

However, Villa are thought to be interested, with sporting director Hendrik Almstadt an admirer of the classy forward.

A move for Michu would, however, be a huge gamble.

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