Harold Moukoudi’s move to Aston Villa hasn’t been finalised, with the centre-back pictured back in France training alone.
The 20-year-old has emerged as a transfer target for Aston Villa, with Steve Bruce desperate to bolster his playing squad at this late stage of the summer transfer window.
This morning it was reported that Villa had flown Moukoudi into England for talks, as they looked to close a loan deal for the defender.
However, French journalist, Bertrand Queneutte, has tweeted a picture of Moukoudi back in France, training alone following his talks with Bruce and Aston Villa, with his message translating to: “#HAC-revenue from Aston Villa without having made a decision yet, @MoukoudiHshowed up at the Ocean Stadium and trains alone. How many players would have done that? We’ll say what we want, this guy is exemplary. May be holding tomorrow.”
⚽ #HAC – Revenu d'Aston Villa sans avoir encore pris de décision, @MoukoudiH s'est présenté au Stade Océane et s'entraîne seul. Combien de joueurs auraient fait ça ? On dira ce qu'on veut, ce gars là est exemplaire. Peut-être titulaire demain. pic.twitter.com/v3bemX9gYm
— Bertrand Queneutte (@B_Queneutte) August 30, 2018
It has been suggested that a decision on the deal hasn’t been made yet.
Tomorrow afternoon, the summer transfer window will close, with Villa still amongst the clubs actively looking to do business between now and then.
A deal for Moukoudi is likely to effect Tommy Elphick’s future, with the centre-back attracting late interest this month.
Hull City and QPR have both shown an interest in the 30-year-old, who will be allowed to leave Villa Park, should Bruce secure the service of Moukoudi before tomorrow’s deadline.
This deal looks like it will go the distance this month, with Moukoudi back in training in France, with a decision seemingly still to be made.
It makes it an interesting 24 hours at Villa Park, with still a lot to be done.
It isn’t just Moukoudi it will effect, with Elphick’s future in limbo at this stage.
A decision will have to be made sooner rather than later.
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