Experienced Argentine Mariano Izco is the latest name linked with a move to Villa Park this month.
Izco, 31, has spent the past nine seasons in Serie A after arriving from Club Atletico Tigre in his native Argentina to sign for Catania in August 2006, going on to make 235 total appearances for the Sicilian outfit.
Recording seven goals and 16 assist during his time at the Stadio Angelo Massimo, the club captain moved on to Chievo in the summer for €3 million following his former side’s relegation to Serie B, and has since established himself as a regular in the line-up.
However, after just six months in Verona, the Buenos Aires-native could be on the move again, with Villa manager Paul Lambert said to be keen to add his experience to the claret and blue squad ahead of the second half of the season.
An all-round midfielder, who can also fill in at right-back, Izco’s Chievo contract runs until 2017 and, with the club embroiled in a relegation battle at the bottom of the table, it remains to be seen whether he would be allowed to leave if an offer comes in.
Comparable to Fabian Delph in his game, Villa don’t appear to have a desperate need for cover in the centre of the park on the face of things, but injuries over the festive period did expose a noticeable lack of depth.
Boasting an Italian passport, the links to Izco remain tentative at this stage but, with clubs weighing up various options during the closing stages of the transfer window, he’s a name to keep close tabs on at least.