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One-time Aston Villa target Mbaye Diagne says current Villa Park star believes he ‘would thrive’ in England

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One-time Aston Villa target Mbaye Diagne says current Villa Park star believes he ‘would thrive’ in England

The talented Senegalese striker has been linked with a host of clubs and one Aston Villa player believes he would be a hit.

Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne has been discussing his troubles at Belgian side Club Brugge on loan and plans for the future amid several links with English football. 

Speaking to The Guardian, he touched on recent links to Nottingham Forest and previous links with Newcastle United, Everton and Crystal Palace. 

However, his comments regarding Aston Villa might interest fans at Villa Park. 

Diagne, who was loaned to the Belgian side from Galatasaray to accommodate Radamal Falcao’s signing last summer, has previously been linked with Aston Villa.

LISBON, PORTUGAL – FEBRUARY 21: (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

Last summer, Aston Villa were linked with a move for the player. Aksam reported that the club were willing to pay £11 million for the striker, who had previously scored 31 goals in 36 games. 

It was later suggested by Het Belang van Limburg, as reported by Sport Witness, that Aston Villa were not willing to pay €15 million (£13m) to sign the Senegalese frontman. 

In the end, Aston Villa signed Wesley Moraes, who Diagne was signed to replace at Club Brugge. 


But talking to The Guardian, Diagne admitted a current Aston Villa player in wide-man Trezeguet has told him he would be perfect in English football. 

“We talk regularly and he keeps saying I would thrive in England. I’m big and strong, I can hold up the ball and lay it off, I’m good in the air and I’m a finisher. All I know is that, whether at Galatasaray or somewhere else, I am eager to get back playing and scoring again.”

Diagne and Trezeguet formed a formidable partnership at Turkish side Kasimpasa, with the Egytptian winger providing plenty of the assists that saw Diagne net 32 goals in 36 games for the Istanbul club. 

This summer, Diagne is set to be available again, after being frozen out at Brugge and seemingly cast aside by Galatasaray. 

Recent reports from Fotospor suggest that that potential goal-machine could be available for just £7 million in the summer and Aston Villa might need to reconsider Diagne as an option yet again. 

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