Aston Villa identify Rennes star as Moussa Diaby backup plan

Premier League outfit Aston Villa have turned their attentions towards France, amid the club’s ongoing pursuit of reinforcements out wide.

The subject of fresh blood in the attacking third has of course taken its place front and centre in the headlines at Villa Park over the course of the last couple of weeks.

This comes as the powers that be in Birmingham go about granting boss Unai Emery’s wish of an explosive new option on the flank.

To this point, a whole host of wingers have been tipped as targets on the part of the Claret and Blue, from Juventus’ Federico Chiesa, to Bayer Leverkusen standout Moussa Diaby.

It is the latter, though, who is long understood to have made his way to the top of Villa’s wishlist.

In fact, reports this week pointed towards French international Diaby agreeing to the terms of a contract with Emery’s side, only for Bayer Leverkusen to rebuff the Villans’ opening bid.

With ensuing negotiations between the clubs having too left Aston Villa frustrated, though, the Premier League outfit have been left with little choice but to begin seeking out backup targets.

And, on Sunday evening, the identity of one such option has been revealed.

The info comes courtesy of transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who has confirmed that:

‘Aston Villa have included Jeremy Doku in their shortlist for new winger as option in case Moussa Diaby deal won’t happen.’

Belgian international Doku is fresh off a solid if unspectacular campaign in France with Stade Rennais, which saw the 21-year-old rack up seven goals and four assists in 35 appearances across all competitions.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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