Report: Sherwood could be joined by controversial ex-Tottenham and Liverpool figure

Aston Villa have been linked with bringing in Damien Comolli as a director of football.

Tim Sherwood was appointed as Aston Villa boss earlier this month, with the club determined to climb out of the relegation zone and consolidate their status in the Premier League.

Survival or not, Sherwood will expect funds to be available to strengthen the side in the summer, but he may not be the one in total control over transfer targets, report The Sun.

The paper claim Villa are interested in appointing a director of football, with two names cited as being on their radar. These are former USA coach Bob Bradley, and Frenchman Damien Comolli.

Comolli is no stranger to English football, having had spells in the same role at both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

On both occasions he was eventually dismissed, used as a scapegoat for the failures of particular signings, but he can count several successes in there too.

Among them was Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, who he helped sign for Tottenham, and he told The Mirror last year that it was his research which even led to a recommendation to manager at the time Harry Redknapp to convert him to a left winger.

Player he also brought to Spurs included Luka Modric, Brad Friedel and Dimitar Berbatov, while Adel Taarabt, Alan Hutton and David Bentley were less successful.

At Liverpool he was sacked shortly before Kenny Dalglish was, having sanctioned the disastrous £35 million signing of Andy Carroll. This was however balanced out by signing the outstanding Luis Suarez for £25 million.

Suarez did not hit top form until after he departed, and Comolli's cause was hindered by poor performances of Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Sebastien Coates.

Villa benefited from Comolli splashing out an overpriced fee to sign Downing, but how fans would feel about entrusting him to spend a more modest budget is sure to be a big talking point if he was to be appointed.

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