As Aston Villa manager Dean Smith looks to strengthen his side in the transfer window this month, it looks as if they will be entering February without one of their highest earners at the club.
Recent reports from the Telegraph claim that winger Yannick Bolasie is set to have his loan deal at Villa Park cut short, and return to parent club Everton imminently.
The 29-year old is understood to be one of Villa’s highest earners, with former manager Steve Bruce reportedly agreeing to pay all of Bolasie’s £70,000 a week wages when he was signed in the summer, despite being hit with several financial issues in the summer.
But the winger failed to live up to expectations as well as his hefty wage packed during his time in the West Midlands, making just nine league starts for the club.
With Jonathan Kodjia also attracting interest from France, a new winger could be on Smith’s radar this month. Here, we take a look at two potential replacements for Yannick Bolasie at Aston Villa…
The 24-year old has scored 11 goals and produced three assists for Pompey this term, and is able to play out wide or behind the striker, making him a very exciting option for Dean Smith.
Signing a player who is hungry and determined to move up the leagues could prove to be a smart move for Villa.
Since signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers from Middlesbrough for a reported fee of £18million in the summer, Traore just hasn’t made the impact he would have initially liked to at Molineux.
The Spanish winger has made just six starts in the league, and could be open to a loan switch away in January with Boro also looking to re-sign him.
The 22-year old possesses electrifying pace and power, and could prove to be an excellent signing for Smith.