Aston Villa are set to make their fourth signing of this summer transfer window by agreeing a deal with Valencia for defender Aly Cissokho. The Birmingham Mail report that Paul Lambert sees the left-back as a man who can shore up his back line.
Villa have struggled in recent seasons and flirted with a relegation battle so have brought in former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole, former Fulham man Kieran Richardson and former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos. Paul Lambert obviously saw enough of Aly Cissokho on loan at Liverpool last season to be convinced he will improve his squad.
Cissokho played 15 times in the Premier League for the Reds and wasn’t impressive in all his performances but at 26 is experienced in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, French Ligue 1 and Spainish La Liga. The Frenchman was close to a €15m AC Milan move in June 2009 but after he failed his medical Lyon fronted the cash and secured his services for whom he played 93 times.
Following his move to Valencia for €5m in 2012 he failed to settle and spent last season out on loan but with 2 years left on his contract his club can still command a fee of around £2 for him.
Is this a move you want to see Villa fans? How will Cissokho fair in his second Premier League season?
By Gareth Thomas | August 8th, 2014