Aston Villa hoping to secure cut-price deal for Wolves star man - report

According to reports, Aston Villa are lining up a January move to sign Bakary Sako from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

When Aston Villa won three of their first four games of the season - including a 1-0 victory away at Liverpool - manager Paul Lambert was handed a new contract until 2018.

That now looks like a questionable decision, with Villa playing more like the team which scraped Premier League survival last season.

Monday's 2-0 defeat to QPR means that Villa have now lost five games in a row, and it's closing in on two months since they even scored a goal.

The biggest problem for Lambert's side has been in front of goal, where Villa have scored just four goals - the lowest amount in the Premier League.

The return of Belgian international Christian Benteke should go some way to helping that, but Villa will need to add attacking reinforcements in January - and rumours suggest that they may be looking to make a swoop on one of their local rivals.

According to the Daily Mirror, Villa are hoping to secure a January deal to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Bakary Sako in a bid to improve their goal-shy attack.

Sako, 26, arrived at Molineux from Saint-Etienne in 2012 for £2.2m, and has been a consistently excellent performer for Kenny Jackett's side, establishing himself as one of the top wingers outside the Premier League with almost 30 goals to his name.

He's been Wolves' star man upon their return to the Championship, but with his contract set to expire next summer, Wolves really run the risk of losing him for nothing - leading to interest from Villa.

They are allegedly hoping that Wolves are willing to cash in on the Mali international whilst they can, and staying in the Midlands could be appealing to Sako.

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