Yannick Close to Signing on at Aston Villa


Yannick Djalo

Unattached to Aston Villa?

Yannick Djalo is reportedly very close to a move to Premier League regulars, Aston Villa, according to reports coming out of Portugal. The striker was bought by Ligue 1 outfit Nice in the summer on the last day of the transfer window. The paperwork, however, failed to clear in time, and FIFA deemed the transfer invalid. Sporting did not want the player back, as he was not in coach Domingos Pacienca’s plans, and because the contract with Nice was never validated, Yannick could not play in any official matches for either of the clubs. Yannick still trained with the French club, however, in an effort to maintain his fitness. His future was in doubt, but now, Aston Villa have come to the rescue. Reports coming out of Portugal state that the team is poised to swoop for the forward, either on loan or permanently. The player confirmed this move on Facebook, and it looks almost certain. If he is to play as a striker, Yannick will have to compete with Darren Bent and Gabriel Agblonahor, who have both been in fine form this season. He will most likely enjoy more opportunities on the wing.