Aston Villa are still clearly in need of improvement. They were comprehensively beaten by Wigan Athletic at the weekend and it is clear that improvements are needed at the back. One player that should now be back on their radar is French centre-back Harold Moukoudi.
The Le Havre star nearly joined Aston Villa in the summer. He visited Bodymoor Heath and spoke to Steve Bruce, deciding he would not join Aston Villa.
“I saw huge, impressive infrastructure.
“I went there to hear what the coach had to say to me. To see if it was interesting to leave. I took the time to think and I chose to stay in France.”
He mentioned he might not be ready to move abroad yet and also suggested that Aston Villa’s style under Bruce did not suit him.
As reported by the Express and Star, an eventual £10 million deal fell apart as a consequence.
But plenty has changed since then. First of all, Aston Villa have changed their manager. Dean Smith might have a better chance of convincing the talented centre-back that Villa Park would be a smart switch.
Then there is the fact he is clearly available this January. L’Equipe reports that the 21-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is not ready to sign a new deal. They claim that he will, therefore, be sold this month and the Le Havre manager has been told not to play him.
Aston Villa clearly need to improve at centre-back and with Le Havre ready to sell the club must reconsider a second swoop on the player. If Smith could convince him to change his mind, he could be a vital addition to the team.