Aston Villa’s hopes of keeping left-back Aly Cissokho has been dealt a blow after Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli step up their interest in the Frenchman. The Daily Mirror report that despite the transfer to bring him to the Midlands only happened in the summer, Cissokho has now garnered a wide interest.
Aly Cissokho is 27-years-old and moved around youth academies before graduating the Gueugnon system in France. He played 22 times for Gueugnon before switching to Vitoria Setubal and Porto. Cissokho became hot property and AC Milan almost completed a deal for him before pulling out after the medical meaning he transferred to Ligue 1 side Lyon for €15m in July 2009.
After 93 league showings for Lyon, Cissokho moved to Spain with Valencia in August 2012 for €5m. His spell in La Liga wasn’t particularly successful and Liverpool took him on loan last season where he had a mixed time, playing 15 Premier League matches. Aston Villa moved to sign Cissokho for just £2m this summer and he has since played 14 Premier League games, impressing far more this campaign.
With Tottenham Hotspur and Italian side Napoli both wishing to improve their defences in the January transfer window, it is believed they will bid to prize Cissokho from Villa Park. It is thought Paul Lambert will compile a shortlist of possible replacements should the club receive an offer they cannot refuse for the 1-time capped French international.
Villa fans, do you want your side to hang on to the signature of Aly Cissokho beyond January?