Nottingham Forest loanee Saidy Janko is reportedly a target of Aston Villa as Dean Smith looks to make the Villans his own, according to Football Insider.
The right back is currently on loan at the City Ground from parent club FC Porto, who only bought the 23-year-old in the summer from French side Saint-Etienne.
Porto tied the Swiss defender down to a four-year contract when his former French club deemed the Manchester United youth graduate surplus to requirements after one year.
The transfer and subsequent loan was the sixth change of scenery of the defender’s career, having moved from United on loan to Bolton Wanderers before Celtic announced they would be signing Janko to a four-year deal.
Football Insider claim Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers are chasing the 5 foot 11 defender’s signature and prepared to agree to a deal now and wait until the summer of 2019 before they can play him.
Pete O’Rourke’s sources at Football Insider suggest a transfer would be possible for as little as £2million following the defender’s loan away from Porto. Dean Smith would, however, face Premier League competition from Fulham as well as Wolves.
Throughout the defender’s career, only once has he started more than 10 games, coming during a run in the team at Saint-Etienne.
The right back’s defensive contribution has always been limited as well, with Janko only averaging 1.7 tackles per game throughout his career while committing 0.9 fouls – according to Whoscored.
From his five outings at Nottingham Forest both of those averages are on the rise, leading to interest from the two Premier League clubs along with Villa, but not being available to play for the claret and blue side this season is the more pressing issue that should call off any deal.
Smith currently has a batch of players who can fill in at right back, with Axel Tuanzebe the most prominent in the role so far this season, ahead of Alan Hutton, Ahmed El Mohamady and James Bree.
A new right back coming in should be as an immediate swap, not one that would be several months in the making in order for Smith to have a consistent back line as the 47-year-old manager looks to turn the club’s fortunes around.
The focus should, therefore, be on extending Tuanzebe’s time away from Manchester United by turning the 20-year-old’s loan deal into a permanent move, with Transfermarkt valuing the defender at £1.3million.
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