Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne have joined Real Betis in the race to land Aston Villa flop Jordan Veretout, according to L’Equipe.
The 24-year-old moved to Villa Park back in 2015 after a 12-year association with French club Nantes, in which time he came up through the youth ranks and then went on to feature 143 times for the senior side, netting 15 goals and laying on 23 assists in the process.
However, Villa fans haven’t seen the best of the midfielder during his time in the Midlands, with Veretout mustering just 29 appearances in the past few years for the Villans, 25 of which coming in their ill-fated Premier League campaign back in 2015/16, in which time he failed to net.
And after spending last season on loan at Saint-Etienne, the writing has been on the wall for Veretout, with reports thus far this summer indicating that La Liga side Real Betis were looking to secure a deal.
However, recent reports suggest that Oscar Garcia’s Saint-Etienne, for whom Veretout bagged four goals and laid on five assists last season, have spoken to the midfielder about a potential move this summer.
The club finished eighth in Ligue 1 last term and nine points adrift of Bordeaux in the final European spot, so clearly know that reinforcements are needed over the summer for them to be challenging for a Europa League spot next time round.
And although Veretout has endured a nightmare at Villa, his efforts last term suggest that he could be a very shrewd acquisition for Saint-Etienne, and with the 24-year-old clearly out of favour at Villa Park, it’s a deal that could well be done over the coming weeks and months, although Real Betis may have something to say about that.
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