Le Havre defender and long-term Aston Villa transfer target Harold Moukoudi is set to depart the French club in the summer, according to reports from Birmingham Mail.
The 21-year old has been on the West Midlands club’s radar since the summer, where the defender flew to Villa Park ahead of a reported £7 million move under former boss Steve Bruce, before the deal fell through.
Moukoudi also seemed to alert interest from current boss Dean Smith, with reports in January from French newspaper L’Equipe claiming that the likes of West Ham United, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla were also interested in signing the defensive stalwart.
But news has now emerged, that with the defender’s contract expiring at Le Havre in the summer, the 21-year old has been banished from the club, with club president Vincent Volpe saying: “He will not play anymore. It will be dismissed until June. (This is) What we tried to avoid. I’m far from happy to find myself in this situation.”
Villa’s defence is an area that arguably needs strengthening the most – Dean Smith’s men have conceded 57 goals in the league this season, with the club sitting eight points off the play-offs after winning just one of their last 10 league games.
This is a very interesting development to say the least – if I was a Villa fan I would be urging Smith to sign him when his contract expires.
Moukoudi is a strong, powerful, young centre-half who has emerged as one of the best young defenders in the French leagues, and would fit seamlessly into Smith’s plans.
If they can get him for a cut-price or even on a free transfer, then it would be amazing business.